Nikki and Deja by Karen English

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by Karen English
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Nikki and Deja are best friends and next-door neighbors. They have their ups and downs, even in this transitional chapter book (think a step between Magic Tree House and The World According to Humphrey) and eventually become friends again. This book sees the arrival on their street and in their (second-grade?) classroom of a girl named Antonia who upsets the previously easygoing social balance and introduces the element of inclusion/exclusion. But they find a way to smooth things over between them. Each chapter feels like a stand-alone story but also makes a whole storyline.

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