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Nikki and Deja: The Newsy News Newsletter

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by Karen English, Laura Freeman
     
 

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There's so much happening on Fulton Street, you'd need a newsletter to keep on top of all the action . . . and Nikki and Deja are just the girls to write it!

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There's so much happening on Fulton Street, you'd need a newsletter to keep on top of all the action . . . and Nikki and Deja are just the girls to write it!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
 
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 Selection
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation
Best Children's Book of the Year/Child Study Association
Bulletin 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 Award
Charlote Zolotow Award—Highly Commended Title
NAPPA Parenting Publications Award
ALSC Notable Children's Book
ALA Notable Book
CCBC Choices
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
NYPL 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 Karen English, illustrated by Sean Qualls
FSG, 2005     ISBN-13: 9780374373610
 
"A solemn spiritual, whose resolution lies less in the possibility of joy than in the quieter peace of enduring." —New York Times Book Review
 
 
Speak to Me (And I Will Listen Between the Lines) by Karen English, illustrated by Amy Bates
FSG, 2004     ISBN-13: 9780374371562
 
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
 
"English employs the simplest of language in perfect evocation of the children's thoughts, confusions, small hopes, and large dreams. . . . Just wonderful." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review  
 
"English's rich descriptions and insights bring readers into the world of six inner-city third -grade students." —School Library Journal, starred review
 
 
Francie by Karen English
FSG, 1999     ISBN-13: 9780312373832
 
Coretta Scott King Honor Award
Parents' Choice Recommendation
 
"Francie's smooth-flowing, well-paced narration is gently assisted by just the right touch of the vernacular. Characterization is evenhanded and believable, while place and time envelop readers." —School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Nikki and Deja are best friends and very enterprising fourth graders. Nikki is especially proud of having pulled the special prize for good behavior out of her teacher's grab bag. She is boring her friend Deja with the retelling of how she managed to locate the prize in the bag without looking. The girls notice things happening on their street which they think might be of interest to the whole block. So they write a newsletter and make a plan to market to their neighbors. They also plan to write articles about what is happening in school. Their first issue is a great success, but then they run into trouble. What to write for the second issue? They also run into other problems: Deja does not ask her aunt's permission to use her printer before she uses up all the paper. They notice events on their street and jump to conclusions. They see a pest exterminator truck leave one neighbor's house and assume there is a roach problem. They also assume another neighbor died. Their second issue lands them in big trouble and they have to apologize to the whole neighborhood. Lesson learned, we hope, the friends go on to different adventures in further books of this series. A cute, lively book about likeable girls. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—Nikki and Deja have a great idea: to start a newsletter about what's happening on Fulton Street and at Carver Elementary. Trouble comes, however, during a slow week, and the girls must figure out the difference between news and gossip if they want to be trusted as reliable reporters. English writes with wit, feeling, and a spot-on voice that acknowledges the realistic friendship and problems of the protagonists. Freeman's cartoon illustrations enhance the story. These strong African-American characters are refreshing.—Sarah O'Holla, Village Community School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
Third graders Nikki and Deja have a lot to learn about journalism. Looking for a way to make a little extra money, learn about their neighbors and get an early start as news reporters, these best friends start a neighborhood newsletter. They publish their first edition with solid news: A man is locked out of his house while wearing a bathrobe, a boy breaks his arm while skateboarding and a neighbor wins a blue ribbon for her roses. Unfortunately, there is not enough news to keep the publication on schedule. Things end badly when the girls put together the second edition, crossing journalistic lines and reporting overheard gossip and supposition. English draws characters with complexity and honesty: Nikki is careful and thoughtful but unable to stand up to Deja; Deja's decisiveness does, at times, lack good judgment. The adults in the girls' lives are refreshingly open, creating an anchor for them as they move toward independence. A solid addition to a welcome series for new readers, especially for children who want to read realistic stories about kids of color. (Fiction. 7-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547406268
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/03/2011
Series:
Nikki and Deja Series
Pages:
91
Sales rank:
490,149
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
  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 Selection Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation Best Children's Book of the Year/Child Study Association Bulletin 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 Award Charlote Zolotow Award—Highly Commended Title NAPPA Parenting Publications Award ALSC Notable Children's Book ALA Notable Book CCBC Choices Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year School Library Journal Best Book of the Year NYPL 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 Karen English, illustrated by Sean Qualls FSG, 2005     ISBN-13: 9780374373610   "A solemn spiritual, whose resolution lies less in the possibility of joy than in the quieter peace of enduring." —New York Times Book Review     Speak to Me (And I Will Listen Between the Lines) by Karen English, illustrated by Amy Bates FSG, 2004     ISBN-13: 9780374371562   School Library Journal Best Book of the Year   "English employs the simplest of language in perfect evocation of the children's thoughts, confusions, small hopes, and large dreams. . . . Just wonderful." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review     "English's rich descriptions and insights bring readers into the world of six inner-city third -grade students." —School Library Journal, starred review     Francie by Karen English FSG, 1999     ISBN-13: 9780312373832   Coretta Scott King Honor Award Parents' Choice Recommendation   "Francie's smooth-flowing, well-paced narration is gently assisted by just the right touch of the vernacular. Characterization is evenhanded and believable, while place and time envelop readers." —School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Karen English is a Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winning author whose books have been praised for their nuanced and accessible portrayal of girls' friendships. She is also an elementary school teacher, and lives in Los Angeles.

Laura Freeman has illustrated many books for children, including two additional Nikki and Deja stories. She lives in New York City.

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