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KEENA FORD AND THE SECRET JOURNAL MIX-UP by Melissa Thomson

KEENA FORD AND THE SECRET JOURNAL MIX-UP

From the Keena Ford series, volume 3

By Melissa Thomson (Author) , Frank Morrison (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 9

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3465-4
Publisher: Dial

Keena and her friends are back—still in second grade, and Keena is still keeping a journal. Something is different with it, though. Her special clouds-and-rainbows journal has been taken by the very mean Tiffany, who is using its contents to blackmail Keena into being her friend. Keena does not see a way out of her predicament until her brother helps her find a solution. The journal format seems particularly strained in this third installment of the series, and Keena’s observations are uneven—calling Tiffany a “muffinhead” at one turn, then telling a long fable, complete with a moral, and then, a few moments later, not knowing how many TV shows take place in 30 minutes. All the action takes place and is recorded in a four-day period—quite an accomplishment for a second grader. While readers will be glad that Keena discovers that friends can actually be related to you, the surprisingly adult voice of second grader Keena and quick resolution of a real problem will strain credulity. (Chapter book. 6-9)