The Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane

by Nikki Shannon Smith (Author) Mari Lobo (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Azaleah Lane
Azaleah can't wait for her class field trip to the National Zoo in Washington D.C., especially when her teacher announces the chance to earn extra credit. But when Azaleah gets home, she quickly realizes extra credit isn't as easy as she thought. Azaleah's younger sister Tiana can't find Greenie, her stuffed animal, and she's sure he's been stolen. With Mama at the restaurant and Daddy at work on a big case, it seems Azaleah is the only one available to track down the stolen stuffie. Can Azaleah get to the bottom of the mystery in time to finish her extra credit?

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Kirkus Reviews

This inaugural book in the Azaleah Lane series is a fast-paced and fun read, and Azaleah is a sympathetic, likable narrator who, like readers, is learning new vocabulary all the time. . . .Lobo's playful, full-color illustrations every few pages are just enough to give transitioning readers needed rests so they'll keep going. . . .Young readers will be happy to make Azaleah's acquaintance.

School Library Journal

Gr 2-4--Azaleah thoroughly enjoys her class's visit to the Smithsonian's National Zoo. And she's even more thrilled when she gets a chance to create a diorama of one of the animal habitats she saw while there for extra credit. But things don't go according to plan when her younger sister's stuffed frog goes missing, and she has to spend much of the weekend helping to search for it. Can she solve the mystery of the missing frog and finish her diorama, or is she setting herself up for disappointment? This enjoyable chapter book revolves around Azaleah and her upper-middle-class African American household and the ups and downs of family life in a Washington, DC suburb. Azaleah works well as an appealing character full of zeal and enthusiasm. The bright, cheerful illustrations add to the book's appeal. VERDICT A good choice for libraries that need more light, realistic mysteries for the early middle grade crowd.--Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT

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January 20, 2020
Azaleah Lane

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