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Nixie Ness: Cooking Star

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Best friends Nixie and Grace spend every afternoon together . . . until Nixie's mom gets a new job and Nixie must attend the after-school program, without Grace.

Third graders Nixie Ness and Grace Kenny have been best friends since they were two-years-old. They have always spent every afternoon after school at Nixie's house until Nixie's mom announces that she has a job,
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Margaret Ferguson Books
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Kim Tomsic
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Friendships, cooking camp, comedy, and drama-this yummy story has it all. Nixie is a lovable and perfectly flawed character. While she enjoys after-school cooking camp, her best friend Grace begins spending time at a new friend's house--a friend with a kitten! Now Nixie worries she's losing her best friend and she needs to win her back. But plan after plan bombs, and Nixie creates such a huge mess that she just might lose Grace's friendship for good.
This chapter book is a must-add to any 7-10 y
Bonnie Auslander
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mills has created another delicious dish with her latest, her first in a new series since moving over to Holiday House. In addition to a thoughtful tug-at-the-hearstrings lesson on exclusivity & growth, Mills’ palate-pleasing book romps enjoyably through multicultural menus of a cooking school camp, complete with desserts as well as healthful meals that actually taste good. Cookies even play a starring role at resolving the dilemma. Mills’ trademark wit and compassion towards her characters ...more
Tiffany Painter
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A cute book with endearing characters. I can’t wait to share it with my third graders.
As hard as it may be to find a good friend, someone on whom we can rely, keeping that friend can be even harder. Nixie Ness and Grace Kenny are best friends, and have been close since they were very young. But this year in third grade, Grace seems to moving in different directions than Nixie, which makes Nixie anxious. When her mother finds a job that she loves and can no longer take care of both girls after school, the distance between them threatens to become insurmountable. Nixie goes to a co ...more
Teresa Bateman
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Third-grader Nixie Ness like to cook. She also likes things the way they are. Changes are here, however. Her mother has a new job. This means Nixie has to participate in an afterschool program. Sure, it's cooking, but this means she no longer gets to spend afternoons with her best friend. Instead, her best friend is spending the time with someone else. Nixie devises plans to win her best friend back, but they are doomed to failure. Can she adjust? Can she get her friend back? Can she make new fr ...more
Laura Roettiger
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charming story of friendship and loyalty. Poor Nixie’s life is upended when her mom’s job changes Nixie’s after school routine with her best friend. Friends are so important at any age and this tale touched my heart.
Such well written, relatable characters with the promise of the series featuring other characters I’ve already grown to care about.
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youth
Grade 1-5, Claudia Mills is the best for gently realistic reads! This book was dedicated to me, and I helped with details in the book, so I am emotionally bonded to this book! Other than that it was sweet and has well-rounded characters, and is about understanding friendship better. I love Claudia Mills. Personally.
First in a series, probably 4 books.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Claudia Mills knows 3rd and 4th grade kids! Friendship and best friends are a big deal. Friendship is hard to build, hard to keep and hard to share when you're also working really hard to get out of your own way. That's what happens to Nixie. Will she lose a friend or find a way to have many?
Brenda Kahn
This was such a relatable well-told story of changing friendship for the elementary crowd. Dynamics change all the time and it's often no one's fault. That doesn't make the change any easier though. Mills captures these little moments so perfectly.
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"I really am sorry," she whispered to Grace. It wasn't enough to say it in cookie language. She wanted to say it in real words, too.
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Erica Witsell
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My eight-year-old twin daughters could not put this book down. They loved the characters and are eagerly awaiting Mill's next book!
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When Nixie's mom gets a new job and doesn't work from home anymore, Nixie and her best friend are separated after school. Grace's mother makes arrangements for Grace to go home with Elyse in the afternoons, while Nixie's parents sign her up for a cooking club that meets in the school cafeteria. The problem is that Nixie doesn't want to have fun and make new friends in the cooking club - she wants to be with Grace!

Dealing with changes in routine and the fear of losing your best friend are somethi
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the sweetest friendship story I've read in a long while, in part because it's about so much more, like learning new skills (cooking) and adjusting to a parent going back to work. Claudia has written a wonderfully diverse cast of characters, all of whom have something to teach Nixie as she learns to let go of jealousy, accept responsibility, and share her friends.
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Claudia Mills is the author of Nixie Ness, Cooking Star, 7 x 9 = Trouble!, Zero Tolerance, Write This Down, and many other books for children. She was born in New York City in 1954. She received her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College, her master's degree from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University. She also received an M.L.S. degree from the University of M ...more