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Review: Kelsey Green, Reading Queen

July 18, 2014

Kelsey Green, Reading Queen

Kelsey Green loves to read so she’s very excited when the principal, Mr. Boone, announces a school wide reading contest.  The class that reads the most books wins a pizza party and the student who reads the most books in each class gets their name engraved on a plaque.  As a bonus, Mr. Boone will shave off his beard if the school can read 2000 books in a month.

Kesley is determined to win that contest for both herself and her class.  There’s one problem, though, Simon Ellis is reading more books than she is.  She can’t figure out how he’s doing it – is her reading short books or is he cheating?  Kelsey and her friends come up with a plan to figure things out and, along the way, they learn some important lessons about cooperation, teamwork, and helping others.

I thought Kelsey Green, Reading Queen by Claudia Mills was delightful!  Kelsey loves to read and is sure she’ll be the one to get her name on that plaque.  She learns that some things – like family obligations and helping others – are more important than a contest.  Mr. Boone learns a lesson as well when he tries to get out of shaving his beard.

I hope the main character being female won’t scare off young male readers because I think this book can be enjoyed by both boys and girls.  Rob Shepperson‘s wonderful illustrations enhance Kelsey Green, Reading Queen, the first book in the Franklin School Friends series.

As an added bonus, the back of the edition I read includes a list of the books read by Kelsey’s class, fun facts about books, and interviews with the author and illustrator.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
14 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2014 12:45 pm

    This sounds like a fun read. I like Kelsey already.

  2. July 18, 2014 1:12 pm

    Sounds like a fun book!

  3. July 18, 2014 1:46 pm

    I think my nine-year-old would really like this one- she’s participated in a few school reading contests. When she was in second grade her school beat the reading record, and the principal had to wear a cow costume for an entire day.

  4. Patty permalink
    July 18, 2014 5:25 pm

    Love the cover!

  5. July 18, 2014 6:13 pm

    I usually bookmark these books to refer to young kids I know or their parents, but this one I want to read for myself!

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  7. July 19, 2014 11:13 am

    I like the book cover and the premise of this book. I think my son would enjoy it. He is okay with female lead characters if the story doesn’t involve princesses and too many girly things.

  8. July 19, 2014 11:37 am

    I am so glad this one is good! I love that cover and thought it would be. Of course any books about books attracts me 🙂

  9. July 20, 2014 7:16 am

    This sounds so fun!

  10. July 20, 2014 7:59 pm

    I think it sounds like a fun read. Glad you liked it!

  11. July 20, 2014 11:57 pm

    This book sounds adorable! I loved reading programs/contests like this when I was a kid (some things never change I guess); That’s great that the book includes a reading list.

  12. July 21, 2014 12:02 pm

    This sounds very cute!

  13. bookingmama permalink
    July 22, 2014 7:54 pm

    I loved this series and think it’s great for early readers. Good lessons!

  14. Jennifer permalink
    July 23, 2014 11:24 am

    This sounds like such a fun book! I love the entire premise of the thing!

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