The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street by Sharon Flake, Frank Morrison
"Queen is smart. Queen is pretty. But nobody likes her except her kitty."
Queen's house-the biggest one on 33rd Streetlooks just like a castle, and in her bedroom, she has dozens of beautiful dresses and crowns. Queen thinks she's a real queen, and she treats everyone, even her teacher, like her royal subject.
When a new kid comes to Queen's school, riding a broken bike and wearing smelly, worn-out clothes, Queen joins her classmates in making fun of him. Her parents insist she be nice to Leroy, but Queen doesn't see why she should. Leroy doesn't just stink; Queen thinks he tells lies-whoppers in fact. And when he says he's an African prince from Senegal, Queen makes it her mission to prove Leroy is an impostor.
But as she gets closer to discovering Leroy's real story, Queen learns the unexpected from her broken bike boy: what being a good friend and "happily ever after" really mean.
Sharon G. Flake won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for her first novel The Skin I'm In and is a two-time Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book winner. Beloved by children and adults, critics and booksellers, librarians and teachers, she is the author of a middle-grade novel and five books for young adults that have sold more than half a million copies. The mother of a college-age daughter, Flake writes full-time from her home in Pittsburgh.
To learn more about Ms. Flake, please visit her at www.sharongflake.com.
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More than 1 year ago
A great way to teach readers that reading can be fun while learning about relationships, bulluying and reading books can take you to places you have never visited.
More than 1 year ago
Queen is an incredibly stuck up ten-year-old girl whose family's praise has given her a very high opinion of herself. Her father and older brothers have spoiled her to the point where she's very, very easy to dislike. Unsurprisingly, no one at school seems to appreciate or recognize her supposed superiority.
Leroy is a new boy in her class, who smells funny and whose bike is broken. Queen is sure that he's a liar, especially when he tells stories about being royalty from Africa, and she can't stand him. Her parents try to force her to be nice to him, so they are thrown together despite Queen's dislike. Through Leroy, Queen learns some important lessons.
She's still not a very likeable heroine, though. I don't think I was supposed to like her. Be prepared for that going into this book, and you'll be able to appreciate Sharon G. Flake's amazing (and unsurprising if you've read her previous books) talent.
I'm not sure how kids will feel about this book. Some of them may not be willing to read a book with a main character like Queen. But if they can give it a shot, it's a pretty enjoyable short novel.