Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547615646, 108pp.
Publication Date: March 20, 2012
Ms. Shelby is getting married As the girls in Nikki and Deja's class compete over who can plan the best imaginary wedding for their teacher, Nikki excitedly throws herself into preparations for the real thing. But Deja is not so enthusiastic. Her Auntie Dee has been temporarily laid off from her job, and Deja is worried. What will happen now that she can no longer afford a new dress and special hairdo? Will Nikki leave her best friend behind while she shops and primps? Will Deja be able to get over her jealousy and enjoy the celebration anyway?
This is a charming entry in a chapter book series praised for its accessibility, authenticity, and humor.
Karen is a retired elementary school teacher who taught in urban neighborhoods for many years, and she wrote these stories with her students in mind.Laura Freeman has illustrated several books for children. Her artwork has also appeared in publications such as the "New York Times" and "New York" magazine.
Laura grew up in New York City and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two children. Her drawings for the Nikki and Dejabooks were inspired by her own childhood."
"English manages to convey both the trials that best friends sometimes put each other through as well as how easy it can be to get the relationship back on track. A former teacher herself, English fondly depicts these tried-and-true dynamics." --Booklist