Title: Lola Levine Is NOT Mean!
Author: Monica Brown
Series: I think it will be called Lola Levine, but am not sure
Recommended for: kids in grades 2-4 for independent reading. It works best as a read-aloud for grades 1-3, although it could probably used for kindergarten and fourth grade classes.
Pages: 88 pages
Call Number/Link: J FICTION BROWN, M.
Second-grader Lola has a wonderful family, a great teacher, and the best friend ever, Josh, and they all help her feel better after she is teased and forbidden to play team sports at recess for having accidentally hurt classmate Juan during a soccer game.
Lola Levine is half Hispanic and half Jewish. She has many opinions, communicates best in writing and loves to play soccer. Sometimes she is too aggressive a competitor during recess soccer games. One day she injures her classmate Juan when playing goalie at recess. The other kids in her class nickname her Mean Lola Levine.
Lola has one best friend in her class, Josh. The other kids, especially some mean girls, are not friendly (or even pleasant) to her. But Lola primarily focuses on having one good friend. She doesn’t spend an excessive amount of time talking or thinking about the mean girls.
I can imagine Lola being good friends with Clementine, Ramona,, Judy Moody and other feisty females. I think her books will appeal to kids who enjoy those series.