Lola Levine Is Not Mean!
Lola Levine Is Not Mean!

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Series: Lola Levine Vol. 1   

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Annotation: 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.
Catalog Number: #124926
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 88 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-25833-4 Perma-Bound: 0-605-94790-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-25833-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-94790-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2014041416
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
When soccer-loving Lola accidentally fouls a second-grade classmate at recess, she's banned from playing competitive sports and nicknamed "Mean Lola Levine" until she writes apologies, transforming her into the "Soccer Queen." This first entry in a smartly crafted new series introduces Lola, best friend Josh Blot, and her family. Lola's first-person narrative breathlessly chronicles her enjoyment of soccer, the ill-advised slide tackle and its repercussions, and her desire for a kitty. There are mean girls in her class, but, in the usual unpredictable way of second-grade social lives, one might turn out to be OK. The appealing protagonist is energetic and enthusiastic, and her family is atypical. Her father, a ponytailed artist, works at home, and her mom writes for a newspaper. They celebrate both their Peruvian and Jewish roots and encourage the use of peaceful words. Gray-scale sketches and Lola's letters break up the text nicely for young readers. With as much about family and friends as about sports, this chapter book should have broad appeal.
School Library Journal
Gr 1&11;5&12; In this first book of a new series, Lola is a second grader who loves sports, especially soccer. She also enjoys expressing her feelings by writing her diary. And she has a bratty little brother. Sound familiar? Her classmates think she is a tomboy, and the boys don't like to play games with her because she hurt a fellow classmate, Juan Gomez, by mistake. So now she is known as Mean Lola Levine. Lola is half Jewish and half Peruvian, and her favorite word is shalom &12;though it's a bit overused throughout the book. She deals with typical woes, such as worrying about how to survive in school, and she learns an important lesson about how words can hurt others. Her supportive family and best friend, Josh, help her cope. The writing style is typical of the genre: straightforward and predictable. Beginning chapter book readers will enjoy Lola's spunk and humor. Black-and-white illustrations are sprinkled throughout. VERDICT A good choice for chapter book collections.&12; Janene Corbin, Rosebank Elementary School, Nashville, TN
Word Count: 7,280
Reading Level: 4.1
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.1 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 177871 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.2 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q70039
Guided Reading Level: M
Fountas & Pinnell: M

Lola Levine likes writing in her diario, sipping her mom's cafe con leche, eating her dad's matzo ball soup, and playing soccer with her team, the Orange Smoothies. So what if she doesn't always fit in?

Lola is fierce on the field, but when a soccer game during recess gets too competitive, she accidentally hurts her classmate Juan Gomez. Now everyone is calling her Mean Lola Levine! Lola feels terrible, but with the help of her family, her super best friend, Josh Blot, and a little "pencil power," she just might be able to turn it all around.

In this first book in a series, young readers will be inspired by Lola's big heart and creative spirit as she learns to navigate the second grade in true Lola style!

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