Synopses & Reviews
Ms. Shelby is getting married! As the girls inand#160;Nikki and Deja'sand#160;class compete over who can plan the best imaginary wedding for their teacher, Nikki excitedly throws herself into preparations for the real thing. But Deja is not so enthusiastic. Her Auntie Dee has been temporarily laid off from her job, and Deja is worried. What will happen now that Deja can no longer afford a new dress and special hairdo? Will Nikki leave her best friend behind while she shops and primps? Will Deja be able to get over her jealousy and enjoy the celebration anyway? This charming entry in the Nikki and Deja series is now in paperback!
"English manages to convey both the trials that best friends sometimes put each other through as well as how easy it can be to get the relationship back on track. A former teacher herself, English fondly depicts these tried-and-true dynamics." --Booklist
After years of being home schooled, Amy Hodges is excited to start fourth grade at a ?real? school. On Amy?s first day, she gets teased not only because she is new, but also because she looks different. Amy is part Asian, Caucasian, and African American. Eventually, Amy meets a group of nice kids and one of them even affectionately gives her the nickname ?Amy Hodgepodge? since she?s a mix of so many races. But when their teacher announces that the annual talent show is coming up, Amy wonders if her new friends will want to include her, too.
The fifth book in the acclaimed series by Coretta Scott King Honor-Award winner Karen English about Nikki and Deja, two African American third grade girls who are best friends--and this time they're attending a wedding!
About the Author
Karen English is a Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winning author who lives in Los Angeles, California. Her books about Nikki and Deja have been praised for their accessible writing, authentic characters, and satisfying story lines.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Karen is a retired elementary school teacher who taught in urban neighborhoods for many years, and she wrote these stories with her students in mind.
Laura Freeman has illustrated several books for children. Her artwork has also appeared in publications such as the New York Times and New York magazine.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Laura grew up in New York City and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two children. Her drawings for the Nikki and Dejaand#160;books were inspired by her own childhood.