Nikki and Deja: The Newsy News Newsletter: Nikki and Deja, Book Three (Paperback)
Will Nikki and Deja's plans to become celebrated journalists succeed?
Nikki and Deja know that there's plenty of newsy news—news that's interesting and exciting—happening on their block and at Carver Elementary, just waiting to be reported.
Luckily, Nikki has her special pen and notepad, Deja has the use of Auntie Dee's computer, and they both have lots of ideas. Before long, the Fulton Street Newsy News Newsletter is born. At first, everyone wants to read what the girls have written. But after just one issue, some unexpected problems arise.
This accessible chapter book series shines with emotional depth and humor, perfectly capturing the complexities and joys of elementary school girls' friendships.
Karen English is a Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winner and the author of It All Comes Down to This, a Kirkus Prize Finalist, as well as the Nikki and Deja and The Carver Chronicles series. Her novels have been praised for their accessible writing, authentic characters, and satisfying storylines. She is a former elementary school teacher and lives in Los Angeles, California.
Laura Freeman has illustrated several books for young readers, including the Nikki and Deja and Carver Chronicles series, and Natalie's Hair Was Wild, which she also wrote. Laura grew up in New York City, and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two children. www.lfreemanart.com Instagram: @laurafreemanart Twitter: @LauraFreemanArt.
Nikki and Deja: Birthday Blues by Karen English, illustrated by Laura Freeman Clarion, Winter 2009 ISBN-13: 978-0-618-97787-1 Junior Library Guild Premier Selection "Early chapter-book readers will relate to the protagonist's authentic emotions as English acknowledges the chellenges and complexities of classroom life." --School Library Journal "Likable and independent African-American girls are a rare find in early chapter books--let's hope these two can start a trend." --Kirkus Reviews "An accessible story of recognizably real grade-school politicking and enduring friendship that's suitable for reading aloud or alone. Fans of the duo will rejoice at their return." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Nikki and Deja by Karen English, illustrated by Laura Freeman Clarion, Fall 2007 ISBN-13: 978-0-618-75238-6 Junior Library Guild Premier SelectionBank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the YearKansas State Reading Circle RecommendationBest Children's Book of the Year/Child Study AssociationBulletin of the Center for Children's Books recommended title "Accessible writing, authentic characters, an easy-to-identify-with plot and Freeman's appealing black-and-white illustrations come together smoothly in this straightforward friendship tale. English nicely fills an underdeveloped area--this is a first-chapter book featuring African-American girls, and race is presented as an attribute of the characters rather than as an issue." --Kirkus Reviews "More probing than many chapter books, this title delivers the satisfaction of a full-length novel." --Publishers Weekly "Children will quickly connect with the distinctive characters and authentically drawn situations and emotions. . . . A strong start to what will hopefully become a series." --ALA Booklist "English, who has been an elementary school teacher, clearly knows her audience and understands the intricacies of their relationship dynamics. . . . Kids negotiating the sometimes treacherous waters of middle-grade friendship will find Nikki and Deja's story both truthful and comforting." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "The book is a welcome rarity--a contemporary story about middle class black children." --Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio) "English captures a strong sense of both girls, their enduring relationship, and the uncomfortable struggles that friends weather when changes erupt." --The News & Observer (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) "Nikki and Deja is the kind of early chapter book that African-American girls and their parents have been seeking for a long time." --The Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin) Hot Day on Abbott Avenue by Karen English, illlustrated by Javaka Steptoe Clarion, 2004 ISBN-13: 978-0-395-98527-4 Jane Addams Honor AwardCharlote Zolotow Award--Highly Commended TitleNAPPA Parenting Publications AwardALSC Notable Children's BookALA Notable BookCCBC ChoicesBank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the YearSchool Library Journal Best Book of the YearNYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing "English has childhood spats down pat. . . . Both original and emotionally effective. . . . Full of movement and energy and joy. . . . 'So good!'" --Kirkus Reviews The Baby on the Way by Kare —