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Lone Bean

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  40 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
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Amistad
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Feb 09, 2013 Bookphile rated it liked it
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.

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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
Jul 02, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
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.

Read the rest of my review here
Aug 06, 2012 Nan rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 11, 2015 Anne rated it liked it
Bean seemed older than eight and a half; she writes emails and goes to 7-Eleven with her friends for Slurpees. Brand names are all over the place. I realize that children are typically picky eaters, but Bean's hatred of carrots and anything green or remotely healthy seems gratuitously emphasized. She is an absolute chatterbox of a narrator and can be tiring to keep up with. The pranks she gets into with Tanisha are rather appalling. Tanisha, Stanley, and Gabrielle are stereotypical school friend ...more
Sep 17, 2012 thewanderingjew rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
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
Sep 15, 2012 Gale rated it really liked it

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
Jul 24, 2012 Beverly rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 11, 2014 Jensenj rated it liked it
Changing friendships and relatable characters make this an accessible chapter book for young readers. On her first day of third grade, Bean finds herself alone when her friend from second grade ignores her. Bean finds herself breaking rules and getting into trouble when she begins hanging out with the school bully. She must find out who she really wants to be and then make efforts to mend relationships to bring her friends together.
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
Jul 14, 2012 Suzanne Eastman rated it really liked it
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
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
Apr 30, 2014 Bethe rated it liked it
With a nickname like Bean, I was expecting her name to be Verbena, not Chrysanthemum. Spunky main character with authentic voice and experiences make this a good third grade easy chapter book school friendship story.
Wallis Chan
Aug 01, 2014 Wallis Chan rated it really liked it
This book vividly described the life of a third-grader in the public school system. My third-grader enjoyed reading this book very much.
Jul 31, 2012 Tiffany rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Dec 22, 2013 Maya Netto rated it really liked it
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
Caldonia Dickerson
Apr 08, 2016 Caldonia Dickerson rated it really liked it
Have you ever had social problems, like you make friends fast and lose 'em just as quick? Then everything seems hopeless... well its not cause this is the book for you! ;D
The Styling Librarian
Jun 17, 2012 The Styling Librarian rated it really liked it
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
Jul 19, 2012 Janel rated it liked it
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
Jun 12, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
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".
Jun 12, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads-book
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
Jul 04, 2012 Janet Beasley rated it really liked it
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.
May 10, 2013 Akoss rated it it was amazing
Shelves: colorinyamg, all-mg
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.
Jul 11, 2012 Nan rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
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.
Sep 03, 2012 Brianna rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
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.
Sep 27, 2013 Jasmin rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 24, 2012 Ambar rated it it was amazing
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!!
Jun 17, 2012 Loreli rated it liked it
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.
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