Fourth grader Jada Jones is missing her best friend and rock-hunting classmate Mari whose family has moved across country to Phoenix. Even her excitement over a class assignment on rocks is dampened by group member Simone’s insistence that she, Jada, and Lena decorate rocks as their project, certainly not the scientific endeavor Jada prefers. Will Jada find a way to make new friends and be willing to explore their interests now that Mari is gone? A well-written new beginning chapter series for students 7+.