Search Results: "Nikki Loftin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SINISTER SWEETNESS OF SPLENDID ACADEMY by Nikki  Loftin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Deliciously scary and satisfying. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A pinch of Grimm, a dash of Greek mythology and a heaping helping of fresh chills make for an irresistible contemporary fairy tale centering around a food enchantment. Read full book review >

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NIGHTINGALE'S NEST by Nikki  Loftin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2014

"Unusual, finely crafted story of loss, betrayal and healing. (Magical realism. 8-12)"
A kindhearted Texas boy finds his life transformed by an enigmatic girl whose singing has the power to heal in this novel-length spin on Andersen's "The Nightingale." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WISH GIRL by Nikki  Loftin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A moving, mesmerizing story of wishing, listening and hope for discerning readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A sensitive boy with a troubled past and an artistic girl whose cache of wishes has almost expired find solace and friendship in a magical valley. Read full book review >

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NIKKI & DEJA by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2009

"Likable and independent African-American girls are a rare find in early chapter books—let's hope these two can start a trend. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Little girls, little girls…they can be mean sometimes. Read full book review >

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NIKKI & DEJA by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2011

"While beginning chapter books with African-American characters are rare and usually welcome, this particular installment in a usually sunny series falls flat. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Best friends Nikki and Deja are back in a tale of school elections and friendship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIKKI & DEJA by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 21, 2008

"English nicely fills an underdeveloped area—this is a first-chapter book featuring African-American girls, and race is presented as an attribute of the characters rather than as an issue. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Nikki and Deja are best friends, next-door neighbors and schoolmates. Read full book review >

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NIKKI AND DEJA by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"A solid addition to a welcome series for new readers, especially for children who want to read realistic stories about kids of color. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Third graders Nikki and Deja have a lot to learn about journalism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU'RE MY NIKKI by Phyllis Rose Eisenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

Afraid that her mother—who is starting a new job tomorrow- -will forget about her, Nikki grills her: ``What's my favorite trick?'' ``Who's my favorite friend?'' ``What's my favorite dance?'' Patiently, Mama responds to every question; but next evening she comes home tired and distracted. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TRIALS OF NIKKI HILL by Christopher Darden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 1999

"Trials' is right."
O.J. Simpson assistant prosecutor Darden teams up with suspense writer Lochte (The Neon Smile, 1995, etc.) for this earnest, shapeless tale of—what else?—a stand-up deputy D.A. fighting for truth and justice in the jungles of Los Angeles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OH, BROTHER! by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Ideal for kids coping with new step-siblings. (Picture book. 5-10)"
When his mother remarries, a young boy resents his new stepbrother until he discovers they have a lot in common. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO BE A CAT by Nikki McClure
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Purrrrfect for beginning readers and little artists with an eye for fine cut-paper compositions and craftsmanship. (Picture book. 1-6)"
A watchful kitten shadows a big cat to learn the fundamentals of feline life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

APPLE by Nikki McClure
Kirkus Star
by Nikki McClure, illustrated by Nikki McClure
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"This deconstructed lesson in plant regeneration, composting and life cycles will reach apple-eating readers of many ages. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Primitive-looking cut-paper illustrations depict an apple's travels from tree to kitchen to backpack to picnic and eventually into soil, where it takes root as a new seedling. Read full book review >