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. Volume IX Number 19 . . . . May 23, 2003
Twelve-year-old Nikki narrates her daily life filled with school, exploring the outsides with her friend, shopping and living with parents who are both teachers. In fact, her grade 7 teacher is her strong-willed father. Life becomes more complicated with the arrival of Nikki’s long-lost eccentric grandmother. So, Nikki shares the trials of her life with her beloved dog, Wagner, and her friends. They especially enjoy exploring the countryside on horseback and soon discover that a developer is planning to fill in a pond where a mother turtle is raising her young. Nikki decides to stand up for what she really believes in and involves her parents, friends and grandmother in the process.
She matures from a likeable girl complaining about math and fairness in a test to someone able to recognize her grandmother's greater need for a puppy that they have both been training for agility trials. This pleasant story about ordinary life will make a satisfying read for children looking for light entertainment.
Meredith MacKeen is a teacher librarian at Glen Stewart School in Stratford, P.E.I.
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