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The Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane

(Azaleah Lane #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Azaleah can't wait for her class field trip to the National Zoo in Washington D.C., especially when her teacher announces the chance to earn extra credit. But when Azaleah gets home, she quickly realizes extra credit isn't as easy as she thought. Azaleah's younger sister Tiana can't find Greenie, her stuffed animal, and she's sure he's been stolen. With Mama at the restaur ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published January 1st 2020 by Picture Window Books
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Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a 7 year old daughter and I requested this book mostly for her. We're black and oftentimes our stories are not told and I feel that it's important for her to read books where characters look like her and share the same cultural background.

To put it shortly, we loved this book. The illustrations are that amazing mix of cute and gorgeous and Azaleah is such a brave, smart character. I was reminded of Doc Mcstuffins in a way in fact!

This book wasn't just for my daughter however, it was for m
*thank you to Netgalley, Capstone and Nikki Shannon Smith for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

3 stars.

Man, am I the odd one out here. I was interested in this because I liked the sound of it and the cover attracted my attention. Unfortunately the story didn't interest me so much. I'd tried reading it from the mind of my inner child, taking it in as she would. I guess it just wasn't for me because clearly this book has been enjoyed by others.

I do have to add though that the
Nikki Shannon Smith, author
Mari Lobo, illustrator
Picture Windows Books, a capstone imprint (January 1, 2020)

Age Range: 6 - 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
Lexile Measure: 0610
Series: Azaleah Lane (Book 1)
Hardcover: 112 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1515844641
ISBN: 9781515844648 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781515844686 (eBook PDF)
+++I was gifted this book by Capstone Publishers for my review for a Multicultural Children’s Book Day event.+++

Azaleah Lane is the m
Lara Samuels
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Solid transitional chapter book. Kids will identify with the characters and problems in this realistic fiction. I will purchase and introduce this series to the kids.
Danielle Hammelef
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a finished copy for an honest review for Multicultural Children's Book Day this month. I loved the family relationships--the parental involvement and love and respect that this family had for each other. The characters were well-developed and spot on for the kids' ages. The chapters were well-paced and short enough for beginning chapter book readers. I would recommend this delightful mystery book to all elementary classroom teachers as well as parents seeking attention-grabbing writin ...more
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was super cute! Thee illustrations were gorgeous! I loved the embracing of natural hair soooo much! I also loved the dynamic between the sisters (the children and the adults). I thought it was adorable now Azaleah was so excited to do an extra credit project on the weekend (while simultaneously looking forward to cereal and cartoons). This book made me want to do a diorama! Also, I LOVE the glossary at the end! When I was little, I was on an advanced reading level for my age but there ...more
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adore Azaleah and her whole family! In such a short second and third grade chapter book, there is so much that can be discussed! Sibling relationships, dioramas, animals, mysteries, and a restaurant that sounds pretty darn yummy!

Reservations for two at Avec Amour, please!🍴
Azaleah Lane does have a pretty amazing sounding life. Her parents are successful professionals in their respective fields: she’s a chef-owner of a local restaurant, he’s a lawyer who stands up to the man. Azaleah has an older sister in middle school whose a performer (a triple threat). Her younger sister Tiana is only occasionally irritating. There’s also an Aunt Sam, an interior designer with a dog who babysits when the parents work. They live in a big house with a yard, nice neighbors in a we ...more
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Azaleah Lane is a third grader who lives in Washington DC. She has an older sister and a younger sister. After an inspiring class field trip to the National Zoo, Azaleah is excited to build a tiger diorama, but her little sister’s missing stuffed animal prevents her from working on it. Greenie the stuffed animal has gone missing and Azaleah is on the case. Can she solve the mystery AND finish her diorama on time?

This book has 10 chapters. Azaleah and her sisters make it a fun story to read. Azal
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a really enjoyable first book of a series for readers transitioning from early readers to chapter books. It has colorful illustrations sprinkled throughout the pages, a nice family, and a good plot. A glossary, talking and writing ideas, as well as a craft idea, round out the nice package of this story.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Azaleah Lane just wants to make her diorama for school, but when her younger sister loses her favorite lovey, Greenie, Azaleah learns she will get nothing done unless she solves the mystery.

Full color illustrations, reading discussion questions and writing prompts in the back, along with instructions to build your own diorama make this young chapter book hard to resist. Move over, Junie B.
Jami Gigot
Apr 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a great chapter book for early readers. The main character Azaleah is so lovable and sweet.
She is on a mission to bake delicious cookies for her parents as a sweet surprise and never gives up despite having some silly baking mishaps. But, it’s the love this family has for one another that really makes this story shine.
Miss Sarah
An elementary level chapter book about three sisters living in Washington DC and the weekend where everyone has something to do besides look for the youngest missing stuffed animal. Cute mystery and lots of choices for the characters.
Apr 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
cute family story
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book. The characters are relatable. The story is fun. And, the pictures are adorable. A must read.
Azaleah does indeed have an amazing life! This is a really cute easy chapter book.
Beth Anne
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, read-aloud
Read aloud to Gwen. I had high hopes for this one, and parts were cute or fun, but the main plot was a mystery that wasn't mysterious. ...more
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, mystery
This is a great realistic family story! A little mystery, some sibling drama, and colorful illustrations throughout. Highly recommended for 1st grade and up!
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
So cute!
Michele Knott
This is a new series from Capstone Publishing. This first book in the series introduces us to Azaleah and her family. She lives with her mom, who owns a restaurant, and her dad, who is a lawyer. Azaleah is the middle sibling. Her big sister, Nia, is getting ready for her school play and her little sister, Tiana, tends to aggravate Azaleah! Right now Azaleah wants nothing more than to use her weekend to work on her extra-credit diorama of tigers, like the ones she saw on her class field trip to t ...more
Donald Scott
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Washington D.C. third-grader Azaleah Lane takes a field trip with her class to the National Zoo, the little girl has such a great time, later she readily jumps at the chance to make a diorama of one of the endangered species her class saw, for extra credit at school. Setting her entire weekend aside to craft her project so she can knock the socks off her teacher and principal, Azaleah's plans hit a snag when her little sister's favorite stuffed animal, comes up missing. As an older sister w ...more
Ms. Yingling
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Netgalley

Third grader Azaleah lives in Washington, D.C. area, and is enthralled by the pandas when her class visits the National Zoo. When her teacher offers extra credit for constructing a diorama with the pandas, Azaleah is thrilled, because she enjoys the STEM focus of her school.Her weekend ends up being very busy, with her mother running a local restaurant, her father being a lawyer, and her sister Nia having the leading role in her school's production of The Wis. It doesn
Marion Jones
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a darling chapter book! At the very beginning, we learn about Azaleah and her family. I think this brief introduction is a great idea. It gives the reader the opportunity to learn about the characters in the book ahead of time, and therefore, draws them in and helps to get them invested in the story. Incorporated in the story are facts about the area – Washington, D.C. – as well as information regarding endangered animals. This allows for teachable moments within the story.
The illustrations
Arpita (world of a book enthusiast)
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Azaleah is a third-grader who lives in Washington D.C with two sisters (elder one: a middle schooler named Nia and 4-year-old Tianna) along with her parents in a big white-colored house which she calls her White House. She visits a zoo along with her classmates and teachers as a field trip on one Friday and has a class project to complete over the weekend. As she reaches home from school it turns out to be the most occupied and crazy weekend.

This book is great for kids age 4 - 8 years old. The k
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really love this chapter book about a little girl solving problems as she goes about her daily life. Her family was realistic and relatable, and Azaleah herself has a terrific voice throughout the book. She feels real emotions and works through typical kid problems (helping a sibling, working on a school project). I loved that she modeled writing a list, putting effort into a project, and that she saw her sister’s missing toy as a mystery to solve! I will happily share this book with my studen ...more
Jes Smith
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Azaleah loves mysteries and challenges, but when her sister's favorite stuffed animal goes missing the same weekend Azaleah has an extra credit project due, she may have taken on more than she can handle. Nikki Shannon Smith's book is a great find. I work in an urban children's department and I am always looking for early chapter books that will interest our diverse population. Oftentimes POV characters of color deal with heavy topics on prejudice, which definitely is a huge literature need, but ...more
Sara Magnafichi
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Capstone Publishing for providing a copy of The Amazing Life Of Azaleah Lane with #collabookation. This is a fast paced, early reader perfect for first and second graders. Azaleah, a third grader, is determined to earn some extra credit by making a diorama after visiting the zoo. However, everyone else in family seems to be having their own issues and Azaleah struggles with getting her project done because she helped her younger sister retrace her steps after she loses her beloved s ...more
Afoma (Reading Middle Grade)
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This sweet chapter book is a delightful mix of mystery and sisterhood. I loved meeting Azaleah and her amazing family and can't wait to see where the series takes us next. Also, excellent illustrations -- love! ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great little story about a family and the dynamics of dealing with a younger and older sibling and two parents who are in very successful careers. I loved her thought processing, her willingness to give, and yet her desire to be creative and innovative.
Laura Rooney
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great book for readers who are starting to read chapter books, loved all of the details the words gave the story. The whole story has many different parts that make it relatable to for all readers but especially readers who have siblings or a large family.
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I was born and raised in Oakland, CA and now live in Davis, CA with my husband and two children. I love to read, write, listen to music, dance, act silly, and visit the coast. I've worked at elementary schools for over 25 years, and love spending my days with children. My books include: The Little Christmas Elf (2011), Treasure Hunt (2019), Ann Fights for Freedom: An Underground Railroad Survival ...more

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