Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Crystal Allen
Illustrator: Eda Kaban
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Mya Tibbs has a lot going on in her world at the moment. She signed herself up for the fourth grade Wall of Fame game, solely to win a bet against one of her classmates. She entered Bluebonnet’s chili cook-off, even though she’s never cooked on her own. On top of all that, her family is also busy preparing for the birth of their new baby girl. With the help of those closest to her, Mya’s reasons for getting onto the Wall of Fame change, and she learns that the chili cook-off is about more than winning. As the cherry on top, baby Macey arrives safe and sound.
Mya is back in the second book of the series with all her lovable cowgirl spunk. Although she is the protagonist, the book’s supporting cast is just as important and likable. Mya and the other characters encounter situations that may be typical for children their age, making them fun and relatable for readers in the primary and intermediate age ranges. Each character is unique and their different talents are highlighted. Author Crystal Allen does a very nice job of infusing the narrative with educational facts in an enjoyable manner, making this a great book to use both in the classroom and at home.