Kelsey Green, Reading Queen by Claudia Mills
Kelsey Green is the best reader in the third grade–well, maybe tied for best with know-it-all Simon Ellis. When the principal Mr. Boone announces a school-wide reading contest, complete with a pizza party for the winning class and a special certificate for the top readers in each grade, she knows she’s just the person to lead Mrs. Molina’s third graders to victory. But how can they win when her classmate Cody Harmon doesn’t want to read anything, and even Kelsey’s best friends Annika and Izzy don’t live up to her expectations? And could Simon possibly be reading all of those books that he claims he is, or is he lying to steal Kelsey’s rightful spot at the top?
This is a great book for any second or third grade reader who really enjoys reading. It is an excellent choice for a classroom read aloud.
I understand that this is the first in a series, which makes me very happy. I’m hoping to see more of Kelsey. She’s a bookworm, but she does take her nose out of her book long enough to make some keen observations about her classmates. It’s a good story about competition, helping others, and realizing that everyone has different interests and abilities. I will be ordering this for the school library and I might even use it for one of my Fall Reading Challenges.
Recommended for 2nd Grade and up.
AR Level: 4.7