Sometimey Friend

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Sylvia Freeman is ready to start fifth grade at Fork Hollow Elementary. Being the new kid will be a challenge, but she’s counting on her great-grandmother and best friend, Miz Lula Maye, to help her with any problems. Unfortunately, it turns out that Miz Lula Maye IS the problem. At school, Sylvia realizes it’s a little strange to have an old lady for a best friend. Sylvia decides it’s best if no one knows about Miz Lula Maye. But fall carnival time is coming and Miz Lula Maye wants to enter the costume contest together. What could be more embarrassing than that?

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2005-08-01
Text Type Fiction
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
ATOS Reading Level 4.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 103513
Accelerated Reader® Points 3.0
Features Awards and Reviewed

Illustrator: Felicia Marshall

Felicia Marshall draws on her childhood experiences in rural Texas for her illustrations. Her most recent book, Beautiful Shades of Brown, was an NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book, a Eureka Honor Book, and won the Northern Lights Book Award.


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2005



“Sylvia’s immediate first-person narrative is true to the child’s voice, and Marshall’s occasional charcoal pictures capture a sense of family, which is the heart of the story.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Those who’ve read the first two installments in Sylvia’s life will want to continue with this one.”
Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“A heartwarming, humorous sequel to Sylvia and Miz Lula Maye (Carolrhoda, 2002), set in South Carolina in 1978. . . Flood’s characters are likable, and the realistic dialogue lends an appealing ethnicity to this charming story about a loving African-American family. Marshall’s pencil drawings add spice to this story of a special intergenerational relationship.”
School Library Journal