I was pleased to see Roosevelt is back and narrating his second story. 2020’s ROOSEVELT BANKS—GOOD KID IN TRAINING brought a smile to my face and lifted me out of the pandemic doldrums. This time around Roosevelt is in for a big change and one he’s not going to let happen. A baby sister will soon be born and that upcoming event has his parents informing him his new bedroom will be in the attic.

No way is this good. The summer before fifth grade was supposed to be The Summer of Dad but now his father is too busy turning the attic into Roosevelt’s final resting place. Roosevelt’s imagination has gotten the worst of him. For sure there are ghosts and other creepy crawly things up there, but with the help of his friends they plan to chase away the bad ghouls.

Roosevelt Banks will win you over with every kid like situation he encounters. His humorous and spot-on narration shines through with a perfect kid like tone—like this sample from chapter one:

Eddie Spaghetti snickered behind me. His name’s not really Spaghetti, but once in second grade he laughed so hard at lunch that a spaghetti noodle shot out of his nose. It was the most awesome thing ever.

Another nice feature is the large print making the 170 pages easy to read and easy on the eyes. Kids, especially boys who dread reading, will enjoy this tale. It would also make a great first middle grade novel for those transitioning from chapter books.

Roosevelt Banks: I hope to read more about your life in fifth grade. Go get ’em!

You can find your own copy at resellers everywhere including Barnes & Noble.


Laurie Calkhoven is the author of many books, including George Washington: An American Life and Harriet Tubman: Leading the Way to Freedom. She lives in New York City. Visit her at


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  1. What a fun book. Looks like younger readers could attempt this book. That cover speaks volumes about what Roosevelt fears. This would be a entertaining escape. Loved the quote you shared! Thanks for sharing!

  2. carolbaldwin says:

    This sounds like a fun book–the voice comes through that snippet you shared!

  3. msyingling says:

    We must be on the same mailing list somewhere! I sent my copy off to the elementary school where I sent the first one. I’m waiting for Calhoven to do some more of her excellent war books, but the research for those must take a lot of time!

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