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Review of Kelsey Green, Reading Queen

Kelsey Green, Reading Queen [Franklin School Friends]
by Claudia Mills; illus. by 
Rob Shepperson
Primary    Ferguson/Farrar    122 pp.
5/13    978-0-374-37485-3    $15.99    g
e-book ed.  978-0-374-37488-4    $9.99

Kelsey might be the reading queen of her third-grade class, but her throne is threatened when principal Mr. Boone announces a school-wide reading challenge: two thousand books read before April, and he’ll shave off his beard. What to do? Like every precocious reader who’s ever gamed a summer reading club, Kelsey puts down The Secret Garden for Sarah, Plain and Tall, and any other “short but age-appropriate book she could find.” First in a new series, the chapter book explores Mills’s favorite subject — everyday life with a side of ethical examination — to good effect as Kelsey discovers the difference between loving to read and loving to win. In a considerable plus, the book name-checks a number of easy-reader and chapter-book classics so that Kelsey’s enthusiasm can be passed right along. Frequent and aptly casual illustrations pace the narrative.

From the May/June 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Roger, I beg you, tell me there’s some Jewish (or at least Jew-y) content here. I’d LOVE to write about this for Tablet magazine! Sounds delish.

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