Author: Claudia Mills
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux ( BYR )
Genre: Junior Fiction
Source: Claudia Mills
Goodreads: Kelsey Kline 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?
Ope’s Opinion: What a wonderful book! I like how each friend has a strength to help them figure out if Simon is cheating. I love the way Kelsey loves to read through every other activity.
The reading contest reminded me of when my daughters used to do the library reading program during the summers. They would want to read more then their friends and get all the prizes the library had for each mile stone. Anything that encourages children to read is wonderful in my world!
I also liked that one child ( Cody ) struggled with reading and Kelsey helped him out.
I am looking forward to Annika Riz, Math Whiz and Izzy Barr, Running Star! Keep writing.
Rating: Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.