KEENA FORD AND THE SECOND-GRADE MIX-UP by Melissa Thomson

KEENA FORD AND THE SECOND-GRADE MIX-UP

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Age Range: 6 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Diarist Keena Ford is ambivalent about second grade: Girls and boys are placed in separate classes, so she will not be with her best friend, Eric. But she resolves to do her best and when Ms. Coleman turns up on the first day of school in a “COOL BELT WITH SPARKLES,” she decides things are looking up. When she mixes up her dates and leads her teacher to believe that the next day is her birthday, greed for chocolate cake overcomes honesty, plunging her into ever-deeper hot water. Morrison’s amiable illustrations clearly depict Keena as a lively African-American girl, but there is little in the text to lend her any ethnic or cultural specificity. The result is that she seems to be just another sassy, impulsive chapter-book heroine à la Clementine or Moxy Maxwell. Still, her escapades and the way she handles them ring with an emotional honesty readers will recognize: If she continues to develop, she has the potential to become a genuine character in her own right. (Fiction. 6-9)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3263-6
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2008




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