Nina Soni, Former Best Friend

Peachtree. (Nina Soni). Oct. 2019. 152p. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9781682630570.
Gr 2-4–When Nina accidentally knocks over her best friend’s art project and breaks it, the duo’s friendship gets rocky. No matter what she does, she can’t figure out how to fix things. Meanwhile, the deadline for her personal narrative class project is coming up and she hasn’t picked a topic yet. She wants to write about an amazing discovery, but her attempts to create a new cure for baldness failed. The illustrations are realistic, detailed, and eye-catching, and the characters are easy to relate to and likable. The fonts and layout used are fairly dyslexic- and reluctant reader–friendly. The notebook-style lists and vocabulary definitions add to the book without overwhelming the action.
VERDICT A simple but engaging story. A perfect fit for readers who enjoy realistic fiction about friendship and self-discovery.

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