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 Nixie Ness, cooking star (After-School Superstars)
 Author: Mills, Claudia

 Publisher:  Holiday House (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 118 p., ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 647366 ISBN: 9780823440931
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Cooking -- Fiction
 After-school programs -- Fiction
 School stories

Price: $20.68

Nixie and Grace have been best and only friends since preschool, but now Nixie must attend an after-school cooking camp while Grace spends her afternoons with classmate Elyse.

 Illustrator: Zong, Grace
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 6.40
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 77450

   Kirkus Reviews (04/15/19)
   School Library Journal (05/01/19)
 The Hornbook (00/09/19)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 05/01/2019 Gr 2–5—Third grade comes to an abrupt halt when Nixie Ness is forced to attend the after-school program because her mother is going back to work. What will happen to all the memorable afternoons Nixie was going to spend with her BFF Grace? Unfortunately, Grace cannot attend the after-school program, and, to Nixie's dismay, she will be spending time with another classmate, Elyse, and her cuddly kitten. Although Nixie attends the program reluctantly, she eventually finds she is capable of making new friends. Cooking Camp turns out to be a blast, and Nixie surprises herself by opening up to new possibilities. Vera, Boogie Bass, and Nolan turn out to be reliable friends, ones Nixie would probably not have bothered to get to know if she hadn't been a part of the camp. Nixie also realizes that Elyse is not out to steal Grace away from her and finds contentment in knowing that friendship comes in many varieties. VERDICT Young readers will easily relate to this wholesome look at early friendships and conflicts.—Martha Rico, Yselta ISD, TX - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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