Nina Soni, Former Best Friend
In the series’ first book, Nina Soni, Former Best Friend, longtime list maker Nina Soni tries as hard as she can to stay organized, but somehow, she still forgets about her school project due in just a few days. Fortunately, a class lesson about Nobel Prize-winning scientist Alexander Fleming inspires a great idea. But with little sister Kavita’s birthday party right around the corner and her longtime friendship with Jay on the rocks, Nina already has a lot to keep track of. Between Nina’s various lists and the different science-related experiments she tackles in each book, this series is a STEAM lover’s delight. Readers will fall in love with Nina’s occasionally inaccurate definitions recorded in her notebook, her enthusiasm for learning, and her charmingly scatterbrained efforts to manage her life. Vivid mentions of delicious Indian cuisine and Hindi phrases also bring readers into the daily lives of a relatable Indian-American family
Kashmira Sheth was born in India and came to the US when she was 17 to attend Iowa State University, where she received a BS in microbiology. She is the award-winning author of several picture books and middle grade and young adult novels, including the award-winning picture book Tiger in My Soup.