Meet Nixie Ness, the main character in the first title, Nixie Ness Cooking Star by Claudia Mills, in the After-School Superstar series. Third graders, Nixie and Grace, have been best friends since they were two. Every day after school, Grace stays at Nixie's house until her mom picks her up after work. Everything is perfect until Nixie's mom starts working at a book store, and now Nixie is forced to go to the after-school program while Grace spends her afternoons with best-friend stealer, Elyse. Although there are kind kids and delicious recipes at the after-school program, Nixie can't possibly enjoy herself until she gets her best friend, Grace, back to herself. This is a great story that will appeal to kids who can relate to best-friend struggles.
After-School Superstars by Claudia Mills is an entertaining series for kids grades 1-3. with recurring characters that highlight individual differences. The books include black and white illustrations in addition to a bonus activity that connects to the story. The next book in the series is Vera Vance Comic Star.
Be sure to look for my next book blog post, Sam the Man & the Chicken Plan, another first book in a series for readers ages 6-9, geared more toward boys.
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