Bo and the Little Lie

From the Series Bo at the Buzz (Read Woke ™ Chapter Books)

  • Interest Level: Grade 1 - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Bo forgets to mail an important letter, but he tells his grandfather he did it anyway. Will Bo’s little lie keep him out of trouble or cause an even bigger mess?

Bo’s life is always buzzing. And not just because he lives upstairs from The Buzz, a barbershop. Young readers will love following Bo’s daily life and adventures in these early chapter books.

Read Woke™ Books are created in partnership with Cicely Lewis, the Read Woke librarian, to reflect the diversity of our world.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Category Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity, Reading/Language Arts, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand Read Woke ™ Books
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2023-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039220, JUV039050, JUV013100
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 540
Guided Reading Level L
ATOS Reading Level 2.6
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Introductory note, Reviewed, and Table of contents

Author: Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith is a writer and editor based in Falls Church, Virginia.

Illustrator: Subi Bosa

Subi Bosa is an illustrator currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. After studying architecture he realized his passion was in illustration. He began working as a freelancer, partnering with self-publishing authors worldwide while studying graphic design at the Academy of Digital Arts in Cape Town. In 2020, Subi was awarded a Mo Siewcharran Publisher's Prize for Illustration. He has illustrated picture books, comics and graphic novels.

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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“A favor, a lie, and then the consequence, this is what happens to Bo as he makes a bad decision. Bo’s Pop-Pop gives him the responsibility of mailing an important envelope on his way to play with his friends at the park. Bo proves to be irresponsible in several ways. As a result, he is held accountable by his grandfather and learns that lying is never the right choice. This text is part of the “Bo at the Buzz” series of chapter books, each of which reflects the diversity of our world through the experiences of an African American boy named Bo and his grandfather who owns a barbershop. The text features bright, detailed images that highlights how varied African American hair and skin tones can be. Each of the series titles start with a letter from the editor, as well as a basic introduction to Bo, which ensures each reader has the necessary background knowledge even if they are new to the series. This book is recommended for elementary libraries. Reviewer Rating: 4" –Children’s Literature