NIXIE NESS: Cooking Star by Claudia Mills. Illus. by Grace Zong. After-School Superstars series. New York: Holiday House, 2019. 118p. ISBN 978-0823440931 hc. $15.99 Gr. 2-4 E Reader
Best Friends since they were toddlers, third-graders Nixie Ness and Grace Kenny have spent their after-school hours at Nixie's house. When Nixie's mom goes back to work, Nixie finds herself attending the after-school program. Grace, however, finds after-school care at the house of another classmate, Elyse, and begns a friendship with her. Although Nixie enjoys the cooking activities at the after-school program, and makes new friends here, she is definitely jealous of the friendship growing between Grace and Elyse. When Nixie says something to hurt Grace's feelings, her classmates help her through the apology and reconciliation process. This series has black and white illustrations and chapter markers that break up the text for struggling readers. Other books in this series are VERA VANCE: Comic Book Star (2020) and LUCY LOPEZ: Coding Star (2020), which feature some of the other activities and characters in Nixie's after-school program.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI