By Tony & Lauren Dungy with Illustrations by Vanessa Brantley Newton
Simon Spotlight, $15.99, 32 pages
Not sure which book to choose for your second- or third-grader? Pick up Justin and the Bully by Tony and Lauren Dungy. This level-two book has short chapters and large print so that your young reader can experience the style of longer books while still feeling comfortable when they open it up.
Justin loves playing soccer, and when he sees a sign-up table at the park for a local kids’ soccer team he asks his mom to sign him up. To his excitement, his mother agrees, and the next day it’s off to the field. His sister and brother say that he is good at kicking and is really fast, so he enters the field with confidence. Unfortunately, a tall girl on the team starts calling him “Shorty,” making him want to quit the team. Will Justin quit the team or will things get sorted out? Get this book for your young reader to find out what happens next!
Reviewed by Andrea Franke