Spirit Week Showdown

The Magnificent Mya Tibbs, #1

Written by Crystal Allen, Illustrated by Eda Kaban

I was surprised how much I loved the Magnificent Mya Tibbs. The cover is engaging and colorful but I was afraid it would be another formula story. I thought it actually had a lot of heart and even a little humor. I enjoyed reading a story with characters who were less than perfect, yet Mya and her family supported each other and appreciated each other. It has a great message about what it means to be a real friend and that you shouldn’t judge others before you get to know them and certainly you shouldn’t judge them just on what others say about them. The principal in the story is fun and crazy in a good way, which was a nice change. I had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to see how Mya faced her problems. I felt she handled them in a realistic way and appreciated how she accepted the consequences when she made a mistake even if when her intentions may have been good. I would highly recommend purchasing this book for your library. It would be worth highlighting it to encourage students to give it a try.

Review by Leslie Benson, Diamond Ridge Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: 3rd – 6th Grade

The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown
Written by Crystal Allen, Illustrated by Eda Kaban
Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
240 pages
Release Date: January 26, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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