“Lone Bean” by Chudney Ross. Ages 8-12. $15.99. 198 pages
Bean Gibson’s school year doesn’t start out great. Bean (no, that’s not her real name; it’s the family nickname for her flowery real name, which is really hard to spell) is starting third grade, and it seems too much for her.
Her older sisters pick on her. Her best friend, Carla, has found a new best friend. She doesn’t think her teacher likes her. And third grade means music lessons — which prove to be a lot of work.
It’s enough to make normally bright and perky Bean just want to cry — especially when people call her by her real name.
As Bean works through her own problems, you may find solutions to some of the situations you face.
Are you wondering what Bean’s real name is? We’re not going to say, but it’s revealed on Page 11 of “Lone Bean.” If you read that far, we bet you’ll want to read the whole book.