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Danitra Brown, Class Clown    by Nikki Grimes & E. B. Lewis order for
Danitra Brown, Class Clown
by Nikki Grimes
Order:  USA  Can
HarperCollins, 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

In this third book in a series, two best friends - extrovert Danitra Brown and shy Zuri Jackson - react differently to heading back to class. A series of verse vignettes reflect Zuri's feelings about various aspects of school life, and about her friend Danitra.

Though the verses are occasionally cumbersome, they convey beautifully how big a difference a friend's support can make. Zuri worries about a new teacher, 'hard math', and bullies, till 'Danitra hops in, grinning / and all my gloomy thoughts go spinning.' Though their new teacher, Miss Volchek, separates the pair, Danitra is still always there when Zuri needs help. And Miss Volchek surprises Zuri with her good qualities too.

This inspiring and heartwarming account of a 'Matchless' friendship will reassure kids worried about back to school - as long as they have at least one good friend returning with them.

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