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Nikki and Deja



A great buddy tale for beginning readers.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Nikki and Deja are good friends to each other and when there is some naughty behavior typical of the age, they understand that it's wrong and hurtful.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable

"Stupid" and "stuck-up" is as bad as it gets.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know this book is about best friends in elementary school. They share, they disagree, they get mad at each other. The children are honest with themselves and how they feel.

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What's the story?

Nikki and Deja are best friends, but when a new girl moves in they start a club to keep her out. Things don't go as planned and their friendship is put to the test.

Is it any good?


This is a wonderful book on the ups and downs of friendship that will keep the interest of early readers, especially girls who have a close BFF like Nikki or Deja. Like all kids learning how to be friends, Nikki and Deja have their moments of bossiness, selfishness, and envy -- one of the girls is just too good at jacks. And when a new girl moves into the neighborhood they both decide they don't like her and form a club to exclude her.

Author Karen English does a great job of showing these tricky friendship dynamics, and throws in good messages about the dangers of cliques and the importance of saying you're sorry -- all in an easy-to-read format with expressive illustrations that help ease new readers into the chapter book format.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about friendship. Why can cliques send the wrong message about friendship? What is the difference between friendship and cliques? What does it mean to be a good friend.

Book details

Author:Karen English
Illustrator:Laura Freeman
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Clarion Books
Publication date:December 17, 2007
Number of pages:80

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Kid, 12 years old April 29, 2010


i love this book i have this book 4 a book report this book has a lot of characters and its mostly about friendship and clubs tell u one part about the book Nikki forgotten about Deja teddy bear and Deja thought Nikki did it in purpose but Nikki didn't this is a very very very very good book.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 8 years old May 13, 2012

Nikki Rocks!

I think Nikki is a positive roll model for kids all over the world who need to start cleanin up aroun the place.
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Great role models


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