Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Flake, Sharon.
New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, 2007
IL 3-6, RL 4.4
ISBN 1423100328
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5th grader, Queen, takes her name a little too seriously. She has a collection of crowns, is daddy’s little girl, and actually goes so far as to treat her friends as her “loyal subjects.”

She lives in a house which seams like a castle in the inner city. Especially compared to the projects across the street where Leroy moves in. Leroy stinks, rides a broken bike, and tells “big whopper” lies about being a prince from Africa.

Queen has trouble understanding why she can’t make friends when even Leroy makes friends. Luckily her parents love her enough to teach her some hard lessons including the importance of being humble. But will this be enough to turn a bad queen to a good queen?  (Stella Shafer, MLIS student, iSchool, University of Washington)

SUBJECTS:     Conduct of life -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        African Americans -- Fiction.

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