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Lone Bean

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  66 ratings  ·  35 reviews
“Bean” Gibson is so excited about the first day of third grade, not even her m-e-a-n MEAN older sisters Rose and Gardenia can bring her down.

But Bean’s year gets off to a bad start--her best friend Carla has made a new best friend, and Bean has to start music lessons. Bean picks the violin (the cello is too big), and tries to find new friends, but music lessons are a lot o...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Amistad
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Jessica
I received this book in a Goodreads FirstReads giveaway.

My 10 year old daughter read it first. She gives it a 4 out of 5 stars. She feels the character is easy to relate to and the book was easy to follow and read. Bean apparently reminds her Alot of herself.

Now it's my turn to read.

I have to agree with my daughter. This is a really good book. I see why she could relate to Bean. Bean is a typical kid in what I call "middle" elementary school. She feels outshined by her older siblings and left ou...more
April
Chudney Ross has a charming debut in Lone Bean that is faintly reminiscent of the Ramona Quimby books. Lone Bean opens with main character, Chrysanthemum ‘Bean’ as she prefers to be called, bursting with excitement over starting third grade, but Bean discovers the year won’t quite be what she expects.

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Nan
I won this free book on first reads giveaway. Thank you!
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Great story about friendships and the life of a third grader.
My 3rd grade granddaughter read the book and loved it.
Bookphile
This was just an okay book. Bean is a likable character, but there was nothing that really made the book stand out. More complete review to come.

Full review:

Over the years, I have read a great many books with my nine-year-old daughter. Sometimes, the books were solid books: well written, nice characters, good story, but they just lacked that special something that draws you into a story and makes it impossible to put down. This is one of those books.

As a character, I liked Bean. For the most pa...more
thewanderingjew
Bean (her real name is Chrysanthemum, but she refuses to use it) is a lovely story about an 8 year old girl who has a really rough first day at school. She is now in 3rd grade and she is looking forward to seeing her best friend, Carla, whom she has not seen all summer. Sadly, she discovers that her best friend is now the best friend of someone else and is ignoring her, there is a bully in class, Tanisha, who is tormenting her, and the teacher seems oblivious to her plight, she has to sit with “...more
Barbara
Third-grader Bean (her real name is Chrysanthemum) has one of the worst possible starts to a new school year when she realizes that her best friend, Carla, has replaced her with a different friend. Bean feels completely at sea and ends up acting out and behaving in ways that are unkind and get her into plenty of trouble at school and at home. To add to all this, her musician father insists that she starts learning how to play an instrument. Eventually, though, she makes new friends, and things w...more
Gale

This book would be ideal for 2nd to 4th grade readers. An eight year old normal girl anticipates everything good imaginable about the upcoming school year. She was especially excited to reconnect with her best friend; they were inseparable last year but have had no summer contact. The book was enjoyable, some humor though more serious than say, the "Ellen Tebbits" series. Some of the problems were rather inhibiting for such a child to solve. She had to face a bully, losing her best friend, not...more
Beverly
What I liked about this book: This was a delightful story about the joys and perils of third grade. Fans of Sarah Pennypacker’s Clementine, Beverly Cleary’s Ramona and Megan McDonald’s Judy Moody will love Bean Gibson. Lone Bean is a great classroom read aloud. I can’t wait to share this book with my third grade teachers so they can share it with their students. As a parent and an educator, I enjoyed how Bean learned from her escapades. Ross paints a wonderfully entertaining picture of a precoci...more
Diane
Chrysanthemum "Bean" Gibson is starting third grade without her best friend Carla. It seems Bean was having so much fun with her cousin over the summer that she didn't respond to any of Carla's messages. This hurts Carla's feelings and when Bean comes back, Carla is now best friends with Sam. Bean doesn't like being without a friend, but every where she turns there is some one she's not thrilled about getting to know: "Goody Two-Shoes Gabrielle", "Stinky Stanley" and "Terrible Tanisha" (the clas...more
Suzanne Eastman
This book is perfect for those students that are starting a new grade or school and find the challenges to be overwhelming. I guess that means this book is perfect for just about any child! Bean is looking forward to school, but is surprised to find on the first day her best and only friend is no longer talking to her, and is for the first time feeling alienated. Add to that she has added pressure by her new teacher, her parents think that third grade is the perfect time to learn a new instrumen...more
Carol Waters
This book was d-u-l-l DULL. It's the story of a third child in a family where flowers are used as names and hers is the most awful name of all. Given that there are a fair number of flowery names (Lily and Violet come to mind; there is already a Rose and a Gardenia at her home) one might wonder why Chrysanthemum was chosen for hers. She also learns in 3rd grade to play the violin and has Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as her recital piece, another odd choice since that's picked rather than bowed as...more
Elle!
Great African American Children Literature That is Age Appropriate. Finally a novel that is innocent and portrays an African American and doesn't "deal" with "hard subjects"
This sweet little read was perfect for my younger sister. She loved it! Devoured it from beginning to end. And she's very picky with her choice of novels as am I. I was sent this lovely children book and I must say. Bean is a very spunky character in comparison to Junie B. Jones! She's a lovely little girl who navigates her l...more
Tiffany
Bean (or Chrysanthemum) is a girl just starting third grade, but her best friend isn't her best friend anymore. Now Bean must learn to strike out on her own, but instead of making good decisions, she falls in with the class bully and has to learn what it really means to be a friend. All in all, readers will likely relate to Bean, although they might find her mean behavior puzzling. Either I didn't catch the humor in this book, or there wasn't much, so that is going to make going up against Judy...more
Maya Netto
Lone Bean is a good book for children to understand the value of playing music , and the qualities of a kind person.I main part of the story is where a 2nd grader girl, named Bean , gets the option to make bad choices but does not.It begins when she goes to a school,and has no friends.Her father , a music teacher, wants her to play an insturment.her sister is so good at the piano that she wants to try playing music too,but trying to make friends and playing music is hard for her.I think it is a...more
The Styling Librarian
I see this book as a potential one to hand to girls who are having a hard time fitting in, letting go of specific friends, making friends with kids that might have a bad influence on them, and also those who sometimes get in trouble without intentionally meaning to... I really thought this book was special with quite the cute character who speaks her mind, sometimes a little too freely and is working to find her way through third grade, friendship problems, and parent expectations. Release date...more
Janel
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I reading this with my children, 7 and 10. We found this book to present a fairly accurate look into social interaction of kids in this age group (roughly 3rd grade)and the struggles that they go through to find their place within a social group. It also showed how children with older siblings can feel and the pecking order of families. We did find a few areas in the book that seems to drag on a bit, but overall the book had a well written story, we enjoy...more
Linda
I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. The book is easy to read. Some of the dialogue and behavior gives me the impression of a third grader, but some I thought might be anomalous. But, a lot of experiences will seem familiar to children in elementary school.

I like the visual imagery of descriptions such as "It was more like a loose, spaghetti-arms hug" or "as she clip-clopped like a horse to catch up to me".
Brenda
Great book for boys and girls alike faced with change. Bean goes through stresses and struggles not often associated with 3rd grade. From an adult's point of view life is easy for Bean, but for her it is anything but! It's a story about friendship, second chances, making bad or good choices and overcoming struggles. Great discussion opener to read with your child:)
Janet Beasley
Elementary school librarians...make room on the bookshelf for "Lone Bean"! Every student can identify with the trials of making new friends and keeping old friends. And we can learn from remembering that everyone makes mistakes, it's learning from them that's so important. Great story for second graders and third graders.
Akoss
This book has a message but it was done so well that it absolutely didn't sound preachy. The author successfully pulls you right inside Beans' thoughts and you experience everything right along with her.
She makes mistakes but they also helped her grow in a wonderful way. This is a great book for that age range.
Nan
Received this book as a First Reads giveaway. Although some may like it, there are far better books for this age group to read. As someone who works with kids the same age as these characters, I found their dialogue off-the-mark. There's also a lot of "stupid" talk and stereotypical characters. Hate that.
Brianna
I love Bean. She is the quintessential third grader: she has to figure out that the world doesn't revolve around her, and that's tough. I love her voice as a character and the warm and funny characters in her world. I can't wait for more books about Bean.
Jasmin
This book was a great book. I loved the way that it was so full of humor and the morals that it taught about friendship and bullying. Kids will love this book it's an easy read and has is a cute story. I won this book through Goodreads First Reads.
Ambar
I won this book in a Goodreads FirstReads giveaway.

The book was amazing, it was so easy to relate to since almost everyone has gone through what Bean did at one point. Made me wish I had this book back when I was a little kid!!
Loreli
I so wanted to like this book more than I did. I liked the character Bean. I was angry with the way in which the 'mean' girl, Tanisha, was portrayed. She is 'bad news' but no one ever seems to confront her.
Brittania J. Surles
Such a great and fun read!!
I was looking for inspiration in my writing and even though this is a little younger than my target YA audience... it wasa delightful jolt back in the right direction.
Alex Garcia
I loved this book and so did my family when I bought my house I started reaadimg it and I loved it so if u have a daughter have her read it and share it.
Anne
Get kids book with a good moral to the story. If you like the Ramona books, you'll like this book.

Michelle
I won this on a good reads give away. My little girl was so happy to get this book. She loved it!!
Tesha
This book was rated by my 8 year old niece. She enjoyed reading the book.
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