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The Recess Queen

The Recess Queen

by Alexis O'Neill Illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith

In this sassy playground romp the irrepressible new kid dethrones the reigning recess bully by doing the unthinkable — she invites her to be her friend!

Not only will kids relate to the all-too-common issue of bullying, but parents and teachers will appreciate the story's deft handling of conflict resolution (achieved without adult intervention).

Mean Jean was Recess Queen
and nobody said any different.
Nobody swung until Mean Jean swung.
Nobody kicked until Mean Jean kicked.
Nobody bounced until Mean Jean bounced.
If kids ever crossed her, she'd push 'em and smoosh 'em
lollapaloosh 'em, hammer 'em, slammer 'em
kitz and kajammer 'em.
Until a new kid came to school!

With her irrepressible spirit, the new girl dethrones the reigning recess bully by becoming her friend in this infectious playground romp.


3, 6, 8, 4, 7, 5
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 3
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Scholastic Inc.
Book Type
Read-Aloud Book
Number of Pages

About the Author and Illustrator

Alexis O'Neill Children's author Alexis O'Neill quickly learned that good writing means more than good penmanship. Her writings include "Loud Emily", "The Recess Queen", and "Estela's Swap".
Laura Huliska-Beith

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