Sunday, October 3, 2010

New for Young Readers: Keena Ford

Second-grader Keena Ford is back, and this time there's a mix-up with her secret journal. The trouble starts when Keena accidentally leaves her journal at the apartment of her mean classmate, Tiffany. When she discovers her mistake, she panics. She's written things in her journal that aren't so nice about her friends and family. When her mom refuses to take her back to Tiffany's to get the journal, she knows there's going to be trouble. The next day, Tiffany informs Keena that she's read the journal and is going to tell all of Keena's secrets! Well, unless Keena does everything Tiffany says, of course.
With a little help from her brother, a friend, some classic fables, and a visiting author, Keena discovers what she must do to stand up to Tiffany and apologize to her friends. This is a first edition, hard cover, early reader chapter book with wonderful pencil sketches scattered throughout the book. It's perfect for children ready to jump into "bigger kid" books but are not yet ready for middle-grade topics or length. The vocabulary is easy enough and includes some challenging words to improve a young reader's skills. This is the third book in the Keena Ford series. I recommend all three books for your young readers, girls and boys: Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix-Up, Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up, and Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-up.

About the Author and Illustrator: 
Melissa Thomson is an elementary school teacher who lives in Arlington, Virginia. Frank Morrison was awarded the 2005 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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