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 A-train Allen
 Author: Younge, Lesley

 Publisher:  Sleeping Bear Press (2023)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 23 x 28 cm

 BTSB No: 975778 ISBN: 9781534111837
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Grandparent-grandchild relationship -- Fiction
 Grandmothers -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction

Price: $23.63

Allen, known as A-Train because he is the fastest kid around, races through the city towards the one thing that will get him to slow down.

 Illustrator: Ollivierre, Lonnie

   Kirkus Reviews (01/01/23)
   Booklist (03/01/23)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 03/01/2023 Every day after school, Allen—called A-Train—is a familiar sight through the neighborhood as he sets off running: “sneakers FLAPPING . . . Backpack BOUNCING . . . wind WHOOSHING by.” Past basketball and chess players in the park (and briefly stopping to safely cross the street), he speedily continues along busy sidewalks of people and shops. Along the way, neighbors ask, “A-Train, A-Train! Where you going so fast?” and each time, A-Train responds, “Got somewhere to be.” Eventually, he reaches his destination—the train station, where he happily meets his grandmother, and they leisurely walk home hand in hand. The energetic text, incorporating abundant action words that are highlighted in a bold, all-caps font, makes for lively reading. It's also a peppy accompaniment to the bright, page-filling illustrations expressively depicting the diverse cast of characters, including A-Train, who is Black; the friendly interactions he has en route; and the vibrant city where he lives. While the story line itself may be slight, readers will appreciate the upbeat portrayal of a congenial community—and the importance of someone you simply can't wait to see. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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