Danitra Brown, Class Clown by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by E.B. Lewis (Amistad/Harper, 2005). It's back to school for best friends Zuri Jackson and Danitra Brown, and Zuri's full of worry--about the new teacher, about the note Luther snatched, about her mom's health, her math homework, and more. But Danitra is always there--loyal and true. This third book starring Zuri and Danitra is another winner. Beautifully illustrated by Lewis, brimming with truth, heart, and friendship. Ages 5-up. Highly recommended.
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A wonderful title for back to school!
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