The Used-To-Be Best Friend (Jo Jo Makoons #1)

by Dawn Quigley (Author) Tara Audibert (Illustrator)

The Used-To-Be Best Friend (Jo Jo Makoons #1)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Jo Jo Makoons

Hello/Boozhoo--meet Jo Jo Makoons! Full of pride, joy, and plenty of humor, this first book in an all-new chapter book series by Dawn Quigley celebrates a spunky young Ojibwe girl who loves who she is.

Jo Jo Makoons Azure is a spirited seven-year-old who moves through the world a little differently than anyone else on her Ojibwe reservation. It always seems like her mom, her kokum (grandma), and her teacher have a lot to learn--about how good Jo Jo is at cleaning up, what makes a good rhyme, and what it means to be friendly.

Even though Jo Jo loves her #1 best friend Mimi (who is a cat), she's worried that she needs to figure out how to make more friends. Because Fern, her best friend at school, may not want to be friends anymore...

The Heartdrum imprint centers a wide range of intertribal voices, visions, and stories while welcoming all young readers, with an emphasis on the present and future of Indian Country and on the strength of young Native heroes. In partnership with We Need Diverse Books.

Review quotes

In a winning, straightforward voice...Quigley adeptly creates strong classroom scenes that convey an inclusive student body's realistic dynamic and an endearing, assured seven-year-old protagonist who appreciates her cultural identity.—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
May 20, 2021
Jo Jo Makoons

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