Run, Mo, Run! (Mo Jackson #6)

by David A Adler (Author)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Mo Jackson
Mo is the star of his school's track-and-field meet in the sixth title of the perenially popular, Geisel Award-winning series by David A. Adler! Mo and his classmates from 2B will compete against the students from class 2M in a track-and-field meet and the winning team will get a surprise dessert! Mo, Jenna, and Dov will compete in the day's final event--the relay race--but first, Mo has to pass the baton without dropping it. He practices at lunch and during class, but the baton keeps slipping out of his hand. When the score is tied and the pressure is on, will Mo be able to win for his team?
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Gr 1-3—Mo, a Black child, is excited for the relay race after school. The only problem is that he keeps dropping the baton during practice and is distracted all day. How will he and his friend win? Adler continues his collection of Mo stories; as always, the plot is rooted in relatable sporty interests, written in simple short words, but telling a complex story. This one includes Mo and his friends, their worries about the race, their practice, the school day, the race itself, and the rewards. At no point is it too much for a reader to work through any issue of pacing or word choice. Ricks's illustrations also help explain the steps of the story, in tandem with the words. VERDICT Adler and Ricks continue provide another sports-themed beginning reader book to students on the verge of moving into chapter books.—Margaret Kennelly, Media Specialist, Indian Head Elem. Sch., MD

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David A Adler
David A. Adler is the author of more than two hundred children's books, including two Level 3 easy-to-read series, Young Cam Jansen and Bones. Visit David at

Sam Ricks is a children's books illustrator and lead graphic design faculty at The Art Institute of Salt Lake City. Visit him at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date
November 20, 2020
Mo Jackson
BISAC categories
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
JUV032210 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Track & Field
Library of Congress categories
African Americans
Track and field
Relay racing
Clumsiness in children

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