Jo Jo Makoons is a great addition to the cannon of fiesty and funny early chapter book heroines like Ruby Lu and Gooney Bird Greene. She lives on an Ojibwe reservation and some Ojibwe and Michif words are sprinkled throughout, which is a fun bonus. There's ample illustrations and short chapters which make it perfect for students just transitioning to chapter books.
Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend by Dawn Quigley illustrated by Tara Audibert
1st - 3rd grade
tags: animals, character driven, contemporary fiction, friendship, global perspectives, People of Color, SEL