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Lone Bean
by Chudney Ross

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I have a flower name . . . but it is long and hard to spell and terrible. I'll never tell anyone what it is. Mom and Dad sometimes call me by my real name when I'm in big trouble, but otherwise I'm just called Bean.

Bean Gibson is so excited about the first day of third grade, not even her m-e-a-n mean older sisters, Rose and Gardenia, can bring her down.  Read more...


 
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Overview

I have a flower name . . . but it is long and hard to spell and terrible. I'll never tell anyone what it is. Mom and Dad sometimes call me by my real name when I'm in big trouble, but otherwise I'm just called Bean.

Bean Gibson is so excited about the first day of third grade, not even her m-e-a-n mean older sisters, Rose and Gardenia, can bring her down.

But Bean's year gets off to a bad start--her best friend, Carla, has made a new best friend, and Bean has to begin music lessons. Bean picks the violin (the cello is too big) and tries to find new friends, but music lessons are a lot of work, Goody Two-Shoes Gabrielle is prissy, and Terrible Tanisha is a bully. And Bean's mom is always at work. Bean h-a-t-e-s hates third grade

Lone Bean is an entertaining read about spunky Bean Gibson and how she learns what it means to be a good friend. And that it's possible to have more than one.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061660115
  • ISBN-10: 0061660116
  • Publisher: Amistad Press
  • Publish Date: June 2012
  • Page Count: 198
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Issues - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Siblings
Books > Juvenile Fiction > School & Education

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-06-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

Eight-year-old Chrysanthemum "Bean" Gibson has high hopes for the first day of third grade, but she has an at-home meltdown after things go wrong. The star of Ross's debut expects tons of school-year fun, never dreaming that she'd be dealing with the changed loyalties of her best friend, a class bully, and her father's demand that she learn to play a musical instrument. As the story meanders along, Bean sorts through her problems and misunderstandings with help from supportive parents, occasionally 
"m-e-a-n MEAN" older sisters, some unexpected new pals—and only a few episodes of "twisty-turny feelings in tummy." Ross, the youngest daughter of singer Diana Ross and the owner of the California children's bookstore Books and Cookies, creates a relatable protagonist with gumption, whose insights into others' feelings make her an empathetic friend ("Now I know Tanisha is a meany and a bully, but something in my insides makes me feel bad. I mean, she has no friends, and no sisters and no ice cream"). Things wrap up neatly, leaving the door open for further tales. Ages 8–12. Agent: Frank Weimann, the Literary Group. (July)

 
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