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Grade 1–2—Set in Washington, DC, this story is written as a journal from Keena's point of view. She and her friend Eric are looking forward to beginning second grade, until they discover that there will be separate classes for boys and girls. Plenty happens in the first week. Keena makes a simple error in writing her birthday and allows the teacher to celebrate on 9/2 instead of 2/9. Eric brags about how much fun it is in the boys' class, and Keena sneaks in to check it out and is caught hiding under Ms. Hanson's desk. She faces some stiff consequences for her mistakes, including being sent to the time-out room. Occasional full-page sketches show the African-American child, her friends and family, and her antics. The writing is good, but a spark of character development is missing. Keena's voice doesn't always ring true to a seven-year-old, at least not in journal format. This book may appeal to students who enjoy funny stories, but stronger titles about school situations are available.—Sharon R. Pearce, Longfellow Elementary School, Oak Park, IL
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"[Keena's] escapades and the way she handles them ring with an emotional honesty readers will recognize." -Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Series: Keena Ford
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books; 1 edition (July 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803732635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803732636
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By book lover on November 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book from the library, and my eight year old son loved it. It didn't matter That it was about a girl and that the girl was a second-grader (he was in the third grade at the time). He told me the story was funny, interesting, and we talked about some of Keena's problems and what she learned from each situation. I'd read the book already and thought it was excellent. The book isn't preachy, but it follows the trials of a smart and adventurous 7 year old who manages to get herself into some sticky situations at school and home. She doesn't mean to lie or disobey the adults in her life, but it happens, and this book shows how children often end up breaking rules--even if it's by accident. And it shows how to handle these situations with honesty and love. And a lot of humor. The best part? My six year old started to read the book on his own, and he NEVER picks up a book unless I put it in his hand. The writing wasn't too hard for him, although I did have to help him out with some of the longer words. I've since bought this book for my niece, also named Kiana, and I'm sure she'll love it as well as my boys did.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angie on May 18, 2012
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I was delighted to find Keena Ford. She's a delightful, feisty, earnest kiddo. My daughter and I love to read about her. We both love how Keena always tries to do the right thing, but tends to flub things up and cause trouble. And I love the fact that she doesn't make excuses. Instead she gives herself little pep talks about doing better next time. The book is at a very good reading level for my "just a bit behind" second grader, making it an even more wonderful find. We've read all 3 Keena stories and cannot wait for more!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By book addict on November 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am an elementary school teacher and my students love this book! It's a wonderful read...it keeps them interested and motivated. Keena is a wonderful character and the plot is terrific! I definitely suggest it for your kids!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kemie Nix on December 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Keena Ford lives with her middle-school-age brother and mother in Washington, DC. Her father lives in Maryland, and she sees him on weekends. Eric is her best friend, but disaster strikes when he is assigned to the other second grade class. Both children try to convince
the other that their classroom is more delightful. Not only does jealousy creep into their relationship, Keena creeps into serious trouble by ending up under the teacher's desk in Eric's classroom.

Keena's proclivity for unintended consequences is given a thorough workout in this wonderful early chapter book. She is a delightful new character. Her thinking processes are revealed to be entirely understandable to young readers, but the repercussions are quite
funny. One can only hope that this book is only the beginning of a long and happy relationship with Keena.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ella on November 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the first book that my six-year-old daughter cradled, took to bed and read alone. While on vacation she buried her nose in this book and never looked up - an absolute first.

I'm thrilled to learn that there are many more books in this series to devour .

Thank you Melissa Thomson!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Morrison on September 8, 2009
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Great book!!! My daughter loves her books and she can identify with Keena in many ways. I have started a collection of Keena Ford books and I hope there are more to come.
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By Taz on June 27, 2014
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I bought this to read to my second grade niece. Not only did she love it but her middle school age sister jumped in to listen and loved it! I enjoyed reading it. Full of humor and thought that we can all relate to and written in grammatically correct English, which I appreciate.
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My 7 year love the story line; which she learned a valuable lesson from reading it. Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up was very easy reading.
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