The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street
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The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  157 ratings  ·  31 reviews
I am a queen. I live in a castle, right across the street from the John Howard Housing Projects. Every day right after school I run to my bedroom window and open it wide--even in the middle of winter when the wind blows wet snow up my nose. I watch for my knight in shining armor. He's ten years old, like me, and rides a bike--a two-wheeler with rusty spokes and torn-up sea...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Jump At The Sun (first published January 1st 2007)
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Susan Wight
This book only just makes it into the home educated characters category. In fact there is only one mention of home education on page four but it is such a damning one that the book rates a mention for propagating a misconception of home education. The main character, Queen, says, ‘I used to be homeschooled until two years ago. But I go to regular school now. Mother thought I needed to be around other kids. She said she didn’t like how grown-up and stuck-up I was acting. Only, I can’t help it if...more
Charlyn  Trussell
Queen Marie is a spoiled, self-centered fifth-grader who has no friends because of her uppity attitude. She is so spoiled by her father and three older brothers that she believes she is the center of the universe. It's a little difficult to work up sympathy for a child that even the teacher dislikes. But Leroy doesn't let it bother him. She can be a queen because he's a prince from Africa. He, however, lacks the polish, the clothes or the attitude that Queen possesses. He smells and rides a rus...more
Whenever I stand in the corner, I close my eyes and see myself sitting on a throne in a long white gown with a giant ruby crown on my head. I’m telling all the people who serve me to polish the silver and scrub the floors clean for the royal party.

Queen Rosseau

My name is Marie Queen Rousseau. I live in a castle on 33rd Street right across the street from the John Howard Housing Project. My father named me Queen because he wanted everyone to know that his only daughter was special. I have three...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Queen is an incredibly stuck up ten-year-old girl whose family's praise has given her a very high opinion of herself. Her father and older brothers have spoiled her to the point where she's very, very easy to dislike. Unsurprisingly, no one at school seems to appreciate or recognize her supposed superiority.

Leroy is a new boy in her class, who smells funny and whose bike is broken. Queen is sure that he's a liar, especially when he tells stories ab...more
Teresa Scherping
Queen Rosseau got her name because her father wanted everyone to know that she is someone special. Queen is smart and stylish, and she knows it - which is part of the problem. Queen has trouble making and keeping friends because she expects them to bow to her and act as servants. She also has a problem with saying any mean thing that comes to mind, like when she tells new kid Leroy that he's smelly and a liar. Leroy rides a broken bike around town and tells people he's an African prince. Queen w...more
Queen is a ten year old girl who truly acts like a queen – a mean one. When a new boy, Leroy, arrives at their school, Queen’s cruel mouth is on fire. What will it take for Queen to be kind? This novel tackles the themes of bullying and friendship. It is somewhat hard to read when the main character is such a snob. The audience will get annoyed with Queen fast. But, hang in there, and keep rooting for our girl, Queen, to change her ways. It is always possible for others to change; it takes longe...more
I'm probably the laziest person I know when it comes to reviewing books. I'm okay on the reading part, and I'm just ducky at putting a book in my To Be Reviewed Pile. It's at the point when the book merges with the general pile that I tend to get distracted, though. Books get seriously frighteningly buried. I guess that's the danger with a vertical rather than a horizontal pile. Then the mediocre books begin to disappear from my mind. I forget their details and their characters. I can't conjure...more
Queen Rosseau really thinks she is a queen. She waves at her subjects from her castle and she is a spoiled brat. Completely. So much so that the reader actually feels hatred towards her. All Queen can think about is "me me me": how can people serve me, how can I show off, what will people give me? Then she meets Leory and she instantly hates him. He smells. Really bad. And he rides a broken bike. And worst of all, he claims to be a prince of Senegal! How on earth can this smelly boy claim to be...more
Queen is a spoiled fifth grader who's father has led her to believe she is royalty. Acting on this belief, Queen bullies her classmates, family, and friends into doing whatever she wants until the day that Leroy, a fellow fifth grader, comes into her life and changes everything.

Flake has written an interesting middle grade story about a little girl who must learn to act in the gregarious way that her name dictates. At first, the main character grated on my nerves, but as the story went on, I war...more
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Elan Texiera
The broken bike boy and the queen of 33rd street by Sharon g.flake
Lexile range:590L
Tags: roylalty
This book is about queen, she claims to be the queen of 33rd street. Because she had been treated like royalty especially from her dad, she has become conceited. At school she only has one friend symine.but one day the new Bo comes to her class -Leroy. Everyone says he thinks but thoroughly this story they grow on each other and become friends.

Because Sharon g flake is my favorite Author, i have de...more
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Queen doesn't think she is better than everyone else. She KNOWS she is better because she is a Queen who lives in a castle and everyone bows down to her. Well, actually her name is Queen, she lives in an apartment building that sort of looks like a castle, and her father and brothers spoil her because she is the youngest and the only girl. As readers we know she has to get her comeuppance somehow and we secretly relish the idea. The ending comes too abruptly, but we've seen a glimmer of change i...more
Christina Walsh
Hysterical! Queen is totally oblivious to how spoiled and rude she is. Dialogue has you hanging on for the next line. Will she remain clueless?

Queen to Leroy's Mom: Did someone steal them for you? She looks likes she wants to slap me.

Queen after barging in on Cornelius: Queens especially don't like doors slammed in their faces.

Leroy to Queen: You ruin everything...... You are all slimy and stinky inside.

Queen's response: I straighten myself up, fix my invisible crown and walk down the steps, te...more
Queen has been treated as such by her parents, but especially her father, since she was a baby. Consequently, she tends to act like she is better than other people, which isn't helped by the fact that she's so smart. Then a new boy comes to school, riding a broken bike and smelling a little. Queen feels sure he tells lies, but everyone really likes him. While trying to catch him in one of his lies, Queen learns a few things along the way, including what it means to be a good friend.
Another book I read with Thula. She liked it enough. It's set in Philadelphia and has some African immigrant themes. The author intentionally made the main character unlikable and so I didn't enjoy it that much. It was a pretty forgetable book.
This boy who rides a bike wears messed up clothes is from places that queen of 33 street is not from. They dont like each other at first all they did was talking about each other. but at the end they do
A cute story about a young girl who believs herself to be a queen and therefore better than everyone around her. It takes a young boy who smells like pee to change her life for the better.
Jan 22, 2010 Ravyn added it
a girl named queen is very bossy and is a know it all until she finds someone who is smarter than her. she doesnt like this boy leroy because not very sanitary either.
Abby Johnson
I liked this way more than I thought I would. More on the blog:
Sep 07, 2010 Bryannac is currently reading it
its so far about just some little boy in the fifth grade and this girl who likes him and her friends jokes on him about his bike
Jan 10, 2012 Katherine rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Katherine by: Samuel
Samuel liked this so much that he recommended it to me. It'll be interesting to discuss with him what he liked about it.
A good, quick read with a great story about friendship. Great for elementary school and even middle school.
Hilary Graham
One of the most beautiful, compelling middle grade books I've ever read. A must-read for all kids.
A young girl and boy who always get into it at the end they like each other
Queen was super duper obnoxious to the point of being insufferable.
Darcia Scates
Sharon Flake is outstanding. Her characters jump to life.
It is good but its funny how she always says leroy. U stink
omg in that likk stage lmaooooooooo
this book was so good but it is really for little kids
this is the book i want to read really bad
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Sharon G. Flake is the author of five books, The Skin I'm In (1998), Money Hungry (2002), Begging for Change (2003), Who Am I Without Him? Short Stories About Boys and the Girls in Their Lives (2004), Bang! (Sept. 2005), and her latest novel The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street (2007).

Her work is used in public and private schools around the nation, from elementary to high school, and...more
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The Skin I'm In Money Hungry Begging for Change Bang! Who Am I Without Him?: A Short Story Collection about Girls and Boys in Their Lives

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