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The Trouble with Babies

illus. by Katie Kath. 192p. (The Nora Notebooks: Bk. 2). Knopf. Aug. 2016. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780385391658; lib. ed. $15.99. ISBN 9780385391665.
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Gr 3–6—Nora's family is about to welcome a new baby, and she's about to become an aunt. The scientific-minded 10-year-old makes her new niece the subject of her next notebook, jotting down as many baby facts as she can. This is quite a change for series fans, who may remember that ants were the stars of the first installment. What begins as a curiosity about the new baby soon turns into a possible idea for a science project. Unfortunately, her teacher pairs her with Emma. Unlike Nora, Emma loves babies, the color pink, and cats. Further adding to Nora's stress is a social studies assignment that involves writing diary entries as Martha Talbot, a pioneer on the Oregon Trail. Fourth grade seems to be getting very complicated.
VERDICT Fans of Mills's first Nora book will not be disappointed as she delivers another satisfying read.

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