Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up

by Melissa Thomson (2008)

An Intro and Sweet Spot selection.

It’s a simple story – but a perfect little gem. Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up should be known – and will be loved – by all.

She’s just a curious girl navigating the 2nd grade. Plenty of books start with a similar simple premise, but none of those other titles are as brisk and lively, as enjoyable and as impish, as Keena Ford. Little Keena is fun and sassy, forthright and brave, innocent and intrepid. She makes an honest mistake of omission that sets the train of the plot in motion and to resolution.

But that’s not what makes Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up special. There are plenty of school stories about a little mistake that turns into a too-big thing. When your students and families see the world from Keena’s eyes with the simple – not grandiose – challenges in front of her, they will remember 2nd grade, remember what it is to mean well but be unsure, remember what it is to be driven by simple pleasures (like chocolate cake!). And they’ll wish they could spend more time with Keena.

Fortunately, there are sequels: Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Field Trip and Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-Up. Just the ticket to satisfy your families once they’re bitten and crave the habit of reading aloud together as a family.

Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up is one of the shortest titles we’ve ever offered – 102 swift-moving pages. But that’s on purpose. This quick read is the perfect entry ticket for families who have not yet built a habit of reading aloud. Keena will speak to all families and she will inspire all children. Most importantly, she will empower new families to participate in One School, One Book. She will help us truly create a culture of literacy in every home. And she will help all schools to establish life-long readers.

Help your families get there by discovering and sharing Keena Ford!