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Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-Up Hardcover – September 16, 2010

4.8 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Series: Keena Ford
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (September 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803734654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803734654
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,586,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I liked the third book in this series as much as I did the first installment. It centers around Keena and relationships with her friends at school and her family, and it gives me a humorous glance into Keena's intelligent and hilarous mind. Keena's huge dilemma is that she left her secret journal at Tiffany's house, a girl she doesn't particularly like. The next day at school, Tiffany tells Keena that she read the diary and will expose all of the bad things Keena has said about other people unless Keena plays with her exclusively. This goes on for a while until Keena comes up with a plan to try to get her secret journal back. I found myself laughing out loud while reading it. It also teaches important lessons about honesty and friendship and family love. My 7 and 9 year old sons also liked this novel, so it is not just a "girls" book.
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It's hard to find books for young black girls where they are the star of the story! So cute and my 8 year old daughter read this super fast. If you are looking for a new, diverse book to add to your library this is a great choice.
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I bought this book because it was somewhat frugal. I needed it as a party gift for my 8 year old daughter's tea party/book club. The book is cute, age appropriate, and fun. I recommend it for 2-3 graders.
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I did do a lot of research before I purchased this book. My young friend is reading a book a week and writing a report. I was told her eyes lit up when she saw her books, which included "Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-Up." I thank you for writing this book.
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Great story! It is a struggle to find books and chapter books that will hold my kids attention, but they LOVE Keena Ford stories! They sympathize with Keena when she gets into trouble, but can’t help laughing at all of her misadventures. They have read all 3 stories are anxiously awaiting the next one.
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My daughter is in second grade and she absolutely LOVES these books! It encouraged her to start keeping a journal of her own. Today, she and I went and picked out a journal so she could write about herself, just like Keena Ford. We are really disappointed that there are only three books :-( Melissa Thomson, if you are reading this, PLEASE write more books for my daughter Kayla! Keena Ford is her all time favorite!
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Great chapter book for young readers! I got this book from the library. My daughter and I read it together. She loved it! The characters are very believable and the dialogue is great. I am sure we will read the whole series.
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By Angela Daniels on February 10, 2013
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This is my first time reading a Keena Ford book and it was really good and amazing I L-O-V-E It! And it's very inspirational ,inspired me .I KNOW THAT I am going to get another Keena Ford Book. And I know that I can be like wow! I should read another one of Melissa Thompson's books because she knows what she is doing! For a first time reading this book it was amazing it was actually pass amazing!
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