Nina Soni, Halloween Queen

Peachtree. Sept. 2021. 168p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781682632277; pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781682632284.
Gr 1-3–Halloween is Nina Soni’s absolute favorite holiday. Nina, who is Indian American, loves to make lists and write in her Sakhi, “a tell-everything quick kind of notebook.” But Nina is so busy celebrating Diwali that she forgets to plan for Halloween. Her best friend, Jay, and her little sister Kavita already have their costumes planned—when did they do that? Now Nina feels left out, and Jay is acting suspicious. Nina needs to get busy writing down lists so she can focus on being her resourceful and creative self. Solving one problem after another, Nina and Kavita create the most amazing haunted house her neighbors have ever seen. But with everything going on, will Jay even show up? Readers will quickly be drawn into curious Nina’s list-making world and loving community.
VERDICT The fourth title in this series doesn’t disappoint. A must-have chapter book for readers who enjoy stories of friendships, families, and cultural traditions.

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