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Description - Birthday Blues by Karen English

The second book about Nikki and Deja, two African American third-grade girls who are best friends.Deja's birthday is coming up, and she's been talking about it for weeks. But just before the big day, Auntie Dee gets called away on a business trip and Deja must stay with an elderly neighbor . . . who cooks turnips for dinner and doesn't even have a color TV! Worse, the machinations of spoiled Antonia, Deja's new nemesis, threaten to ruin Deja's birthday party plans. Like the first book, this story captures with subtlety and humor all the small betrayals and triumphs of young girls' relationships. Readers will get a wider view of the girls' diverse urban neighborhood, and will recognize themselves and their classmates in the colorful, deftly drawn school scenes. A more serious theme is also introduced (with a light touch) in a subplot concerning Deja's absent father.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780618977871
ISBN-10: 0618977872
Format: Hardback
(211mm x 150mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Clarion Books
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publish Date: 19-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Karen English

Karen English is the author of several books for young readers, including the novel FRANCIE (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), which received a Coretta Scott King Honor Award. Her previous book for Clarion, Hot Day on Abbott Avenue, was named an ALA Notable Children's Book and was praised by the Jane Addams Peace Association for its "nuanced portrait of the inner workings of young girls' relationships." She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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