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Nikki and Deja: Election Madness (Nikki & Deja) Hardcover – July 4, 2011

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"New readers can happily meet the girls for the first time here and then go back to fill in the picture, while fans will be glad to see them back in fine form."
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About the Author

Karen English is a Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winning author who lives in Los Angeles, California. Her books about Nikki and Deja have been praised for their accessible writing, authentic characters, and satisfying story lines. Karen is a retired elementary school teacher who taught in urban neighborhoods for many years, and she wrote these stories with her students in mind.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: Nikki & Deja
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; 1 Reprint edition (July 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547435584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547435589
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,598,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Monique VINE VOICE on September 15, 2011
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I really enjoyed the story between Nikki and Deja and I expect that my 7 year old will as well. The story features 2 African-American characters and I appreciate that since I believe that my daughters need to see and read about people who look like them (us). I also liked that, although Nikki and Deja Election Madness depicts African-American characters, it doesn't rely on old stereotypes to tell a story.

They're just 2 girls, one of whom is a bit more outgoing, aggressive, and bossy than the other, but who are friends and in the same class. One girl lives with her aunt since her mother's death and the other girls parents are facing divorce. And in today's society, both families are representative of what could be happening in your family or with a person you know. The books shows the their family life affects the girls in their everyday life.

Again, the story was good, and it depicted realistic events in the life of 3rd grade girls. I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori Katz on July 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When Deja's teacher announces the school is holding a student body election, Deja is sure she would make an excellent president. She is counting on her best friend, Nikki to be her campaign manager. Although they are best friends they don't always see eye to eye on everything. While Deja wants to spend all their time focusing on getting the nomination, Nikki is worrying that the tension between her parents means they will be getting a divorce. Youngsters will enjoy the relationship the girls have with each other and with Deja's aunt who is raising her. They will see that sometimes friends argue and disagree. Auntie is a loving character who guides Deja rather than telling her what to do. The illustrations by Laura Freeman are wonderfully expressive and add pizazz to the story. This is a welcome addition to chapter books for primary grade students. Read as an ebook arc courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via Netgalley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Jarmon-Wade VINE VOICE on June 7, 2011
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Five stars for Nikki and Deja! Kudos to the author and illustrator for producing a quality children's book that contains African American characters. Of course this book's subject matter pertains to all children regardless of race and should be read by all. If any teacher or parent is looking for an ehtnic children's book with quality subject matter...this is your book. It does not stop here because the author is producing a series of books with Nikki and Deja (for example: Nikki and Deja, Nikki and Deja: The Newsy News Newsletter).

This book takes you on a journey with Nikki and Deja as they prepare for a school election. They learn about ballots and the voting process. In the midst of learning about the voting process, they also learn what it takes to be a winning candidate at school. The characters are well spoken, likable, believable, and well developed. The illustrations inside the book are in black and white, but are well done and fit the story well. Your child and maybe even yourself will want to revisit Nikki and Deja: Election Madness over and over again. This was my first, now I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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I love that there's a series about Black youth that doesn't redeploy stereotypes! I personally did not like the storyline, but my daughter did and I suppose her opinion counts more than mine:-)
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Lively relavant topics. Most kids ages 8-12 can read and relate to Karen English's stories. My granddaugther loves the series. More Nikki and Deja please.
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By BMAR on January 23, 2012
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Although not the first in the `Nikki & Deja' series by author Karen English, this book "Election Madness" was my first read of one of English's books. Nikki and Deja are best friends - Deja is the outgoing bossy one, while Nikki is supportive but not a pushover! In this book a pending school election for student body president finds Deja, a 3rd grader ready to take on all in the K to 5 elementary school. She is sure that she can win, but knows that it will require Deja's help first to nominate her as a candidate for the third grade nominee then serve as campaign manager. So Deja is surprised when Nikki doesn't seem ready to nominate her. After twisting Nikki's arm to do so and guilting her in to serving as her campaign manager, Deja's determination to become student body president is starting to affect their friendship. This engaging and age appropriate books (targeted to ages 6 to 9 or 1st to 4th) follows Deja as she doggedly pursues the presidency while learning that friends and depending on others is vitally important. I've already shared this with the 3rd grader in my family and will definitely recommend it!

Probably ideal for the lower recommended age, i.e. 1st to 2nd and maybe some 3rd graders.
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By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on December 19, 2011
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Nikki and Deja are back in an all new adventure. This time there is to be a class election. Deja thinks that she is the perfect person to run for class president. Her friend Nikki will be the campaign manager. As kids read this book they will learn about the voting process. From gathering nominations, voting, campaigning, and giving a speech, nothing is easy about politics. They girls in story sure learn a lot of lessons, including good sportsmanship. This would be perfect to read in a classroom during an elections unit study.
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