From School Library Journal
Gr 1-3–Second-grader Keena Ford keeps a journal full of her thoughts about her friends and her family. When it falls into the hands of the resident mean girl, she risks having her secrets spill out unless she does whatever Tiffany commands. To make things more awkward, Keena must write a speech about friendship when an author comes to her school. She really wants to write about her best friend, Linny, instead of Tiffany. She has to choose between being stuck with her nemesis and coming clean about what she's been writing in her journal. Her single mother has even more on her mind as Keena's brother gets into trouble at school. The story is written in journal style, with Keena describing daily events. Young readers will relate to her friendship dilemma and appreciate her vibrant personality. Morrison's occasional full-page drawings capture the interactions of the children and are great at depicting their facial expressions. Readers of Sharon Draper's “Sassy” series (Scholastic) will enjoy meeting Keena.Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH
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Written in diary format, this latest “mix-up” in the ongoing Keena Ford series finds the African American Washington, D.C., student thoroughly upset after Tiffany Harris, “the meanest muffinhead in the whole second grade,” finds Keena’s journal, filled with private and not-always-complimentary feelings about others. After threatening to share what she has read, Tiffany tries to blackmail Keena, who finally stands up for herself. Thomson sensitively captures Keena’s everyday anxieties at school as well as the friction and love she feels at home with her divorced mom and older brother. Morrison’s appealing, full-page illustrations will draw new chapter-book readers into the text. Grades 1-3. --Gillian Engberg