Sydney A. Frankel's Summer Mix-Up

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Sydney Frankel, soon to be a sixth-grader, is looking forward to a summer of fun with her best friend, Maggie. She figures she deserves some time to herself to do what she wants before her mom delivers Sydney’s new sibling in just four months. Too bad Sydney’s mom has other plans for her.

Sydney’s forced to take a summer course at the South Miami Community Center. She’s allowed to take any class, except for what she really wants—a reading course. But when Maggie comes up with a switcheroo plan so that they can both take the classes they like, unexpected complications arise.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 264
Publication Date 2021-11-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039140, JUV013040, JUV039060
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed

Author: Danielle Joseph

Danielle Joseph is the author of picture books and young adult novels, including the award-winning picture book I Want to Ride the Tap Tap. She was born in Cape Town, South Africa and now lives in Maryland with her family and dog Ringo. Danielle believes in the power of kindness and spreads joy wherever she can.


Jewish Book Council

“This amus­ing romp with its twisty plot and its sparkling writ­ing teach­es these lessons with a light touch and a large help­ing of humor. The easy-to-read chap­ter book for­mat is invit­ing. Read­ers will be both enter­tained and enlightened.” — Michal Hoschander Malen, Jewish Books Council

Kirkus Reviews

“A sweet, heartfelt story about friendship and family. — Kirkus Reviews

Laurie Friedman

“This book is the perfect blend of humor and heart!”—Laurie Friedman, author of the Mallory McDonald series

Chris Tebbetts

“A warm and funny story that shows just how not alone we are, even when it feels otherwise.”—Chris Tebbetts, author of Public School Superhero and coauthor of the Middle School series

Christina Diaz Gonzalez

“Danielle Joseph has created wonderful characters showcasing humor, sensitivity, and independence, all while highlighting the importance of friendship. Readers who have enjoyed the humor of Ramona Quimby will fall in love with Sydney Frankel.” —Christina Diaz Gonzalez, author of The Red Umbrella and Moving Target

Josh Berk

“Sydney and her family are as real and lovable as any you’ll find in children’s literature.”—Josh Berk, author of Camp Murderface

Jennifer Cervantes

“A book with heart, about finding the bravery to be your true self.” —Jennifer Cervantes, New York Times bestselling author of The Storm Runner trilogy