Book Review: Meet McKenzie Mason (McKenzie’s New School Blues) By: Chauncey Citchens; Ill by: Chris Winfield

“Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.”

Before I even get into this book, you all know how I feel while I am writing this, if not…this is me right now…

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So lets get into the book! McKenzie’s New School Blues was AMAZABLE! I know it’s not really a word, but it’s the best word that I can use to come up with my view on the book.

I volunteered to do a book review for this book because I wanted to do a chapter book, the name of the character is the same name as my daughter, and she kinda looks like her…what do ya think?

McKenzie's New School Blues (Meet McKenzie Mason Book 1) by [Citchens, Chauncey]

Anyway, I had my 9 yr old read us a chapter a night

She was in LOVE with it. The story is about McKenzie Mason who is in a new performing arts school, and like anyone who goes to a new place is nervous. She meets new friends and embarks in her new journey. There are so many things that I enjoyed about the story, here are a few…

  1. It spoke on the Egyptian history. Even though some of the words were hard for her to say, she was very intrigued with it (I took it as a little history lesson ūüôā
  2. There was a girl with a little bit of an attitude  and McKenzie handled herself very well in the story (this is important to me because I am a big self-esteem, girl power person)
  3. It was very relatable and interesting to my girls, with a lot of laughs. We all loved it and it will go on my fav’s list.

So if you are looking for a great chapter book to read, this is a great one! The author did a great job with the story line.

Thank you for taking the time to read the review, if you get the book don’t forget to let us know how you liked it!

Always remember, never get too comfortable, always keep God first.

Sincerely,

Keisha M.

Book Review: I Just Kept Spinning by Destini Berry; Illustrated by April Foxx

As a woman whose passion is to educate girls/women on the importance of having a positive self-esteem this book goes on my A-list!

Before¬†i¬†get¬†into¬†my¬†thoughts¬†let¬†me¬†tell¬†you¬†what¬†the¬†book¬†is¬†about:¬†It’s¬†about¬†a¬†girl¬†who¬†is¬†wants¬†to¬†dance¬†so¬†bad,¬†she¬†finally¬†got¬†the¬†ok¬†from¬†her¬†mom,¬†so¬†she¬†goes¬†to¬†ballet¬†class¬†excited¬†and¬†she¬†is¬†told¬†that¬†she¬†needs¬†to¬†change¬†her¬†hair!

I stopped right there. When my girls read this part they were speechless also. This part of the story made me so sad, and although the book is fiction, and a very easy read to the kids, the message is so great and impactful! Here a couple things that I got from the message:

  1. Be VERY careful what you say to kids, you can be the catalyst in their growth or lack there of.
  2. Listen and support your kids when they are hurt or something is bothering them.

I love the outcome of what happened, and how the mom went above and beyond to support her daughter.

I want to say something to my girls of color here. BE PROUD OF YOUR HAIR. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel anyway about how you look, if you want to wear an afro…go ahead…if you want to wear barrettes…go ahead…if you want to wear puffs…go ahead!! This is why it is important to pour into our girls because I Just Kept¬†Spinning is a great example of what can/ will happen if we do not invest in them. One person can say something and it could make or break them.

Great book!! Michaela and Makenzie both said that they loved that “she never gave up”. GREAT MESSAGE!!¬†TWO THUMBS UP!!

You know my motto: “Never get too comfortable always keep GOD first”.

Sincerely,

Keisha