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Third Grade Mix-Up

When Sidney Fletcher moves to Oak Grove, things get a little strange for Sydney Greene. Not only does Sydney share a name with a boy, but he's in her third-grade class! From first-day-of-school problems to Halloween drama, Sidney and Sydney quickly become friends. Who says boys and girls can't get along?

Age Level- Years
GenreRealistic Fiction
Trim Size5 1/2 x 7 1/4
Page Count128



On My Bookshelf blog - Allison

"I read this book to my six-year-old and we both really enjoyed it. The messages are very positive: Sidney and Sydney are very different children who find common ground and become friends despite a rocky start. Sidney and Sydney consider the feelings of their friends and use creative problem-solving to make sure Halloween is fun for everyone." - On My Bookshelf blog

February 7, 2013

My Book Addiction Reviews blog - April

"A wonderful debut series by this author." - My Book Addiction Reviews blog

January 31, 2013

Library Media Connection - Jennifer Coleman, Librarian, Murchison Elementary, Pflugerville, Texas

"This is a great early chapter book, part of the Sidney & Sydney series, that can serve as an example of mixed gender friendships told in a positive voice." - Library Media Connection

October 1, 2013


Review Carnival blog

"Good characters. The concept is interesting. Clear and easy to understand writing style, especially for children." - Review Carnival blog

February 19, 2013

Ohioana Quarterly, Ohioana Library Association - Lizzy Akey, Ella Chomic, & Elizabeth Martin, grade 4

"...Jakubowski includes lots of funny experiences in the book. . . .We recommend reading this book because it is a fun and silly book about two classmates that become the best of friends. There are lots of adventures that make the reader want to read more. We hope you and any of your elementary-aged readers choose this book to read. You will enjoy it." - Ohioana Quarterly, Ohioana Library Association

January 1, 2016

Publishers Weekly

"The Sidney & Sydney series debuts with a straightforward story alternately narrated by two classmates with homophonic names and a few shared interests. Sidney has traveled extensively with his family, and Sydney aspires to be a world traveler; they both love art museums; and—the clincher—they are mutual fans of the video game Galaxy Conquest. Both Jakubowski and Montalto flatter their audience’s sense of independence and autonomy: “I’m only eight years old, but it’s never too early to be fashionable,” image-conscious Sydney tells readers, while jokester Sidney, sitting alone at lunch, knows “that it’s really dorky to get a note from your mom when you are eight years old. But it did make me feel a little better.” (The stylish students in Jablonski’s full-color illustrations, meanwhile, look much older than eight, but what kids think of themselves and their peers as young?) After some early stumbles, the two third-graders become fast friends, a relationship that’s cemented as they try to make Halloween a success. Sidney’s narrative can be repetitive and Sydney’s melodramatic, but readers should appreciate the book’s contemporary tone and humor." - Publishers Weekly

December 18, 2012


NetGalley Review - Chrissy G

"The illustrations are bright, colorful, and fun, and the story is adorable and sweet, highlighting friendship in the midst of (very minor) elementary school problems." - NetGalley Review

May 16, 2013

School Library Journal - Janene Corbin, Rosebank Elementary School, Nashville, TN

"Sidney Fletcher and his mom have just moved to the town where she grew up to be close to his grandparents. Little does he know that fashionista Sydney Greene also lives in Oak Grove and will be in the same class. Much to her dismay, on the first day of school, Sydney learns that there is another Sidney in her class and it is a boy. To make matters even worse, she has been separated from her best friend, Harley Livingstone. Adding insult to injury, she walks into the classroom and accidentally sits in the guy Sidney’s chair. The situation improves dramatically when Sidney and Sydney discover they have several things in common, including the game Galaxy Conquest. The children narrate in alternating chapters. The plot is well defined, and the humor is definitely contemporary. The full-color illustrations give clarity to the characters. A good addition to early chapter book sections." - School Library Journal

April 1, 2013

Novel Nutritious blog - Jennifer Szoch

"Told from Sidney and Sydney’s perspective, the alternating point of view, will appeal to both boys and girls. Young readers will find the story enjoyable and entertaining. As a series, young readers will look forward to the adventures these two have and look forward to each new book." - Novel Nutritious blog

March 27, 2013


Booklist Online - Bethany Fort

"Jakubowski’s new Sidney and Sydney series starts strong here. It has the feel of real kids’ lives: playing video games, working on art projects, and having urban adventures. Just the right length for the audience, the story is accented by edgy, hilarious illustrations that features a cast of diverse characters. New fans will await the next book." - Booklist Online

December 9, 2014

Review Carnival blog

"The characters are strong and unique, which is usually not seen in many adult novels nowadays. In fact, when I compared them to the characters of most of the books I have reviewed, I felt like they had much more depth and strength to stand up for their beliefs, even though they are just in third grade. Even the supporting characters are interesting and have lovable personalities." - Review Carnival blog

February 19, 2013

NetGalley Review - Joel Smith

"I can easily see a first or second or third grade reader being interested in these characters, and curious about what will happen next, and being able to read and to follow the narrative. . . .certainly worth a look, and certainly a nice addition to the kid library." - NetGalley Review

February 5, 2013


Children's Literature Comprehensive - Justina Engebretson

"The brightly-colored illustrations add to the humor of the text and enhance the young reader’s engagement with the book. . . .this chapter book will appeal to young boys and girls and is a great first-week-of-school read." - Children's Literature Comprehensive

March 1, 2013

NetGalley Review - Cathy Lin, Librarian

"Great book to introduce to both boys and girls; a nice read that will have readers waiting for more in the series." - NetGalley Review

February 22, 2013

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)

"This observant and humorous story is the first book in a series that refreshingly promises to appeal to both boys and girls. Sydney and Sidney alternately narrate (each chapter’s narrator is identified by an illustrative headpiece) and each of their perspectives is credible on both age and gender levels. The text moves quickly and effortlessly, and the kid-centered scenarios will resonate with middle-graders. . . .Consider this for a refreshing classroom readaloud, for mixed-gender book groups, or for encouraging more friendships that cross the middle-grade gender divide." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)

March 1, 2013


Second Bookshelf on the Right blog - Mai

"There's a female character and a male character so kids can relate to at least one of the characters. . . .It's a feel-good story." - Second Bookshelf on the Right blog

January 31, 2013

Maria's Space blog - Maria

"I loved the chapter titles like Weirder Things Have Happened and The Cafeteria Is The Scariest Place On Earth. They set the young reader up for the chapter. Getting my kids to read longer books have been a challenge and I think the fun titles and pictures really add to the story!" - Maria's Space blog

August 10, 2013

Michele Jakubowski

Michele Jakubowski

Raised in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, Michele Jakubowski has the teachers in her life to thank for her love of reading and writing. While writing has always been a passion for Michele, she believes it is the books she has read throughout the years, and the teachers who assigned them, that have made her the storyteller she is today. Michele lives in Powell, Ohio, with her husband, John, and their children, Jack and Mia.

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