Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix-up

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Meet an irrepressible young lady with a flair for getting into trouble!

Sassy, fun-loving Keena Ford always tries to do the right thing, but somehow, she just keeps making things worse. Keena is super excited about starting second grade and she's eager to impress her new teacher-but why does Ms. Hanson think Keena's birthday is tomorrow? It was a small mistake, but now Keena can't turn down her very own chocolate cake and sparkly crown, can she? No more than she can help ...

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Overview

Meet an irrepressible young lady with a flair for getting into trouble!

Sassy, fun-loving Keena Ford always tries to do the right thing, but somehow, she just keeps making things worse. Keena is super excited about starting second grade and she's eager to impress her new teacher-but why does Ms. Hanson think Keena's birthday is tomorrow? It was a small mistake, but now Keena can't turn down her very own chocolate cake and sparkly crown, can she? No more than she can help sneaking into her best friend Eric's classroom to see if it's really as much fun as he claims. Too bad nothing turns out quite the way she plans . . .

This laugh-out-loud book by first-time author Melissa Thomson has short chapters and lively illustrations, making it perfect for beginning readers.

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School Library Journal

Gr 1-2

Set in Washington, DC, this story is written as a journal from Keena's point of view. She and her friend Eric are looking forward to beginning second grade, until they discover that there will be separate classes for boys and girls. Plenty happens in the first week. Keena makes a simple error in writing her birthday and allows the teacher to celebrate on 9/2 instead of 2/9. Eric brags about how much fun it is in the boys' class, and Keena sneaks in to check it out and is caught hiding under Ms. Hanson's desk. She faces some stiff consequences for her mistakes, including being sent to the time-out room. Occasional full-page sketches show the African-American child, her friends and family, and her antics. The writing is good, but a spark of character development is missing. Keena's voice doesn't always ring true to a seven-year-old, at least not in journal format. This book may appeal to students who enjoy funny stories, but stronger titles about school situations are available.-Sharon R. Pearce, Longfellow Elementary School, Oak Park, IL

Kirkus Reviews
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 a 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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803732636
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/3/2008
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 614,870
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Thomson is an elementary school teacher in New York City where she lives with her husband, Pete, and their three plants. Melissa began her teaching career at Emery Elementary School in Washington, DC. Her students at Emery inspired her to write about Keena Ford.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Hi

    This book is AWESOME(I am 8 if that counts as little?!)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    my 7 year old and I had in-depth conversations about honesty, fr

    my 7 year old and I had in-depth conversations about honesty, friendship, expectations and navigating school because of Keena Ford's adventures!! I highly recommend for reading together

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

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    To Tell the Truth.

    *A great way to encourage six to eight year-old children to engage in journal writing. *Shows that journal writing could assist with dealing with various emotions such as: anger, jealousy, disappointment, unexpected changes, happiness, joy, excitement, and others. *Attractive charcoal illustrations. *Appropriate storyline and lesson for second grade, and third grade, students.

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