The New Kid (The Carver Chronicles #5)

by Karen English (Author) Laura Freeman (Illustrator)

The New Kid (The Carver Chronicles #5)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Third-grader Gavin and his friends aren't sure what to make of the new boy in their class, Khufu. He sure doesn't look or act like the other kids . . . and they suspect that he stole Gavin's bike! Meanwhile, Gavin's great-aunt Myrtle is coming to stay with his family again, and Gavin is sure she'll be teaming up with his big sister to boss him around the whole time. Offering spot-on storytelling, relatable characters and situations, and plenty of action, this gently humorous story about a diverse group of elementary-schoolers shows that even someone who seems strange can turn out to be a good friend, if you give them a chance.

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Review quotes

"Combining inviting storytelling with a warm message of friendship and accountability, this entry is a welcome addition to a pretty near perfect series for independent readers."—Kirkus

Praise for The Carver Chronicles

"Many independent readers, particularly boys, will identify with these . . . appealing and likeable characters."—Kirkus

"A much-needed story in which African American boys can see themselves reflected in a positive light, completely free of the usual tropes."—Booklist

"Chapter book readers have few options if they want to read about urban boys of color; here's hoping for more."—The Horn Book
Karen English
Coretta Scott King honoree Karen English is the author of It All Comes Down to This and the Carver Chronicles and Nikki and Deja series. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Laura Freeman has illustrated many books, including her own Natalie's Hair Was Wild! and the Carver Chronicles series. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia. www.lfreemanart.com
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781328497970
Lexile Measure
690L
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Clarion Books
Publication date
December 20, 2018
Series
Carver Chronicles

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