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Review: Izzy Barr, Running Star

May 16, 2015

Izzy Barr

Izzy Barr loves sports, especially running, and there aren’t many people who can beat her.  Her half brother, Dustin, comes every weekend and he’s pretty good at sports as well.  Izzy really wants her dad to come to her events but he always seems to go to Dustin’s games.  Izzy understands that his games might be more important since he’s older, but that doesn’t really make her feel any better.  Izzy’s friends Annika and Kelsey are always there and she loves them for it but they can’t replace her dad.

Izzy Barr, Running Star is the latest edition in the Franklin School Friends series by Claudia Mills and, like the first two books,  it’s a winner!  There is so much to love about this early chapter book – well really, the whole series.  The books all stand alone so they can be read in any order.

First of all, Izzy, Annika, and Kelsey have different strengths and interests and they support and complement each other.  I love the fact that the characters in this book are diverse.

The storyline of Izzy Barr, Running Star is realistic and is one that many children (and their parents) can relate to.  It’s not always easy to make a blended family work but Izzy’s family tries hard and does the best they can.

With its great story, terrific characters, and wonderful illustrations by Rob Shepperson, Izzy Barr, Running Star is sure to be a hit with young readers!

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.

Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2015 6:45 am

    How can one not love a book about young girls in which they are not totally preoccupied with clothes and boys? LOL

  2. May 16, 2015 10:01 am

    Sounds like a terrific book and series!

  3. Patty permalink
    May 16, 2015 2:34 pm

    It sounds perfect for kids!

  4. May 16, 2015 10:30 pm

    This sounds like a great series!

  5. May 18, 2015 6:59 am

    This sounds like so much fun!

  6. bookingmama permalink
    May 24, 2015 5:36 pm

    I liked some of the messages in the first two books!

  7. May 30, 2015 11:37 am

    I’d heard of Kelly Green, Reading Queen but didn’t realize there was a whole series until I saw this book and recognized the author. What a great series for kids!

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