by Chudney Ross
Grades 2 & up
Bean is having a hard time at the beginning of third grade. She lost touch with her best friend Carla over the summer and now Carla has a new best friend, leaving Bean with no one. Her older sisters are mean to her. Her father is forcing her to play a musical instrument. And the teacher that everyone says is so nice doesn’t seem to like her. Her only choices for friends at school seem to be Stinky Stanley, Goody Two-Shoes Gabrielle, and Mean Tanisha. Bean tries each one out, in a series of increasingly poor choices. This realistic portrayal of the friendship struggles of a third grader is very relatable. Recommended for grades 2 & up.