Lola Levine likes writing in her diario, sipping her mom's cafe con leche, eating her dad's matzo ball soup, and playing soccer with her team, the Orange Smoothies. So what if she doesn't always fit in?
Lola is fierce on the field, but when a soccer game during recess gets too competitive, she accidentally hurts her classmate Juan Gomez. Now everyone is calling her Mean Lola Levine! Lola feels terrible, but with the help of her family, her super best friend, Josh Blot, and a little "pencil power," she just might be able to turn it all around.
In this first book in a series, young readers will be inspired by Lola's big heart and creative spirit as she learns to navigate the second grade in true Lola style!
Drawing from her own Peruvian and Jewish backgrounds, Brown kicks off a chapter book series starring second-grader Lola Levine, a highly competitive soccer player who earns a reputation for being "mean" after she accidentally injures another student with a slide tackle during a recess match. Lola's vivacious personality spills out over the pages, and her relationships with her younger brother, Ben, and best friend, Josh, are especially well-developed. Dominguez's b&w spot illustrations are in step with the upbeat mood, and beyond the soccer theme of this book, Brown highlights Lola's blended heritage (she signs off the letters she writes with "Shalom"), love of animals, and interest in writing, introducing plenty of material to explore in future books. Ages 6 10.