Lola Levine Is Not Mean!

by Monica Brown (2015)

A perfect little intro book.

Lola Levine is a confident 2nd grader with lots of winning qualities.  She loves soccer, competition, jumping on her bed, writing in her diary, painting, and eating all the ethnic food from her mixed heritage.  She also loves writing notes to her friends, family, and teachers, and those notes are key to this heartwarming story.

Sometimes Lola has a little trouble fitting in at school.  She just doesn’t understand why some people don’t think a girl can be best friends with a boy!  But when schoolmates taunt her for being ‘half and half’ – because her mother is Catholic and her father is Jewish – she responds: “I’m whole just the way I am.”

Lola runs into trouble when her brand of soccer competitiveness is more than her peers can handle.  She does have friends who stick up for her, though.  And she is eventually able to transform the accusation “Lola Levine is mean!” into a new proud nickname – Lola Levine, Soccer Queen.

Lola’s chapters are quick and clear and chock a block full of colorful and active reference points.  Do you know what shalom means?  Or what Lola’s real name, Dolores, means?  Or how to play doorway soccer?  And that’s just the first chapter!

Thanks to Lola’s pace and brevity, coupled with its lean, rich chapters, Lola Levine is Not Mean! is a perfect introductory title to captivate and motivate less confident parent readers and their families.

Read Lola together and see if your families are not clamoring to read the 5 sequels for the chance to hang out longer with Lola Levine, Soccer Queen.  

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