Nikki and Deja by Laura Freeman & Karen English
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Meet Nikki and Deja, who live next door to each other and are best friends. They do everything together—watch Saturday morning cartoons, play jacks, jump double Dutch at recess, and help each other with their homework for Mrs. Shelby's third-grade class. But when an arrogant new girl arrives and Nikki and Deja form a club that would exclude her, the results are not what they expect. This warm, easy-to-read chapter book from an award-winning author captures all the joys and complexities of elementary school life—particularly friendships and cliques—with finesse and humor.

About Laura Freeman & Karen English

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Karen English is a Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winning author and a retired elementary school teacher. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Laura Freeman has illustrated several books for young readers. Her artwork has also appeared in publications such as the The New York Times and New York magazine. Laura grew up in New York City, and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two children. To learn more, please visit
Published November 26, 2012 by Clarion Books. 80 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nikki and Deja are best friends, next-door neighbors and schoolmates.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Nikki and Deja (Nikki & Deja)

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In her first chapter book, English (Francie ) perceptively explores the undercurrent of insecurity and rivalry that threaten two African-American girls’ fri

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Now, Nikki and Deja can’t decide on which color dress Nikki should get.

Apr 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Nikki and Deja (Nikki & Deja)

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