The Recess Queen

The Recess Queen

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By Alexis O'Neill

Mean Jean is the Recess Queen and she rules the playground with an iron fist. No one dares to question her power until a new girl named Katie Sue comes to school. Not only is Katie Sue not intimidated by Mean Jean, she actually asks Mean Jean to jump rope with her. When the two girls become friends, the playground is once again safe for all.

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Questions and Activities


  1. From the cover of the book, what inferences or predictions can you make about the main character?
  2. What do we know about queens?
  3. How would you expect a recess queen to behave?


  1. Why did the recess queen act the way she did? What can cause people to act in certain ways? The recess queen was lonely, and she didn’t have any friends. Sometimes people act differently when they are hurting or when they are not comfortable in certain situations.
  2. Do people sometimes act one way when they feel another? Yes, especially when they wish to cover up their feelings.
  3. Why did the other children allow Mean Jean to act the way she did? They were fearful.
  4. What do you notice about the size of Mean Jean compared to everyone else in the story? Why did the illustrator make Mean Jean so large? Sometimes people and circumstances appear larger than they really are.
  5. What happens to the size of Mean Jean near the end of the story? She appears smaller.
  6. How many sounds can you identify in the story? Buzz, bang, hiss, slammer, hammer, howl, growl.
  7. How was Katie Sue’s behaviour different from the others? She was not fearful of the recess queen and had a strategy to deal with behaviours she did not like.
  8. What did the skipping rope symbolize? An invitation to make a friend by participating in a fun activity.
  9. What is social responsibility? What are some examples of how we can act socially responsible?