Allen, Crystal Spirit Week Showdown (The Magnificent Mya Tibbs #1). 256 pages. Balzer + Bray (HarperCollinsPublishers), 2016. $6.99. Content: Language: G (0 swears) Mature Content: G Violence: G.
Mya Tibbs is a fourth grade student living in Bluebonnet, Texas. In preparation of the upcoming Fall Festival, Mya’s elementary school is holding Spirit Week. The students are paired up and the winning partners in each grade win VIP tickets to the festival, allowing them to get free food, front-row tickets to the shows and first in line for all the rides. But Mya and her popular “best friend” Naomi don’t end up being paired up. Instead, Mya gets partnered with the school bully, Mean Connie Tate and can’t get out of it. In retaliation, Naomi starts rumors about Mya and ends their friendship. However, Mya will do whatever is necessary to save this friendship.
I think readers will love Mya. She’s a spunky, creative, caring girl. Author Crystal Allen shows the verbal side of bullying and the powerful and negative effects of rumors. This book offers great lessons about friendship and showcases the behavior of a true friend. This book has a creative cast of characters, including Mya’s older brother Nugget, who we will hopefully be seeing more of in the next book in this series.
EL – ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Nancy W.