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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Adriann is in second grade and the thought of going to school makes her feel reluctant in Adriann Takes a Stand by Melondy Roberson. She is still adjusting to her new school and Nya and her entourage do not think much of Adriann. Nya has told the other students not to play with Adriann in the playground, and that makes Adriann very sad. Adriann’s mother has always taught her to respect others and be nice to them. Her second grade teacher, Ms O’Shea, is fun and she makes learning fun too. Adriann avoids Nya in the classroom. Adriann goes to the playground with a heavy heart as she has no one to play with. Will Adriann finally stand up to Nya?
The story has a good message for young readers and it handles the relevant topic of bullying. The illustrations are colorful and lively and they make the concept clear so that the aspects and awareness of bullying can be understood well. It is a perfect storybook for interactive sessions in classrooms because the topic is relevant and many children will be able to identify with the characters of the two girls. It makes a good bedtime storybook too. Adriann’s mother’s message is good for all children to follow as it encourages them to take the right path, despite being bullied. Books like this are good for children to help them connect with the topic better when narrated through a story line and illustrations.