Nikki on the Line
By: Barbara Carroll Roberts
Location: FIC ROB
Genre: Basketball, Family
Thirteen-year-old Nikki Doyle's dreams of becoming a basketball great feel within reach when she's selected to play on an elite-level club team. But in a league with taller, stronger, and faster girls, Nikki suddenly isn't the best point guard. In fact, she's no longer a point guard at all, which leaves her struggling to figure out who she is and how she fits in.
The stress piles on as Nikki's best friend spends more and more time with another girl on the team, and when her science teacher assigns a family tree project that will be impossible to complete unless Nikki reveals her most embarrassing secret. As if that's not enough to deal with, to cover the costs of her new team, Nikki has agreed to take care of her annoying younger brother after school to save money on childcare.
As the stakes rise on the basketball court, at school, and at home, Nikki's confidence plummets. Can she learn to compete at this new, higher level? And how hard is she willing to work to find out?
"A wholesome and engaging book championing the positive benefits of hard work. There's a lot to like about this debut author's novel. Nikki, the titular character is an admirably determined young woman. Her relationships with both friends and family members rang with authenticity. Her mother and basketball coaches held her to high standards and none of them allowed for excuses. Nikki, also pushed herself both academically and in her beloved sport of basketball. Famed UCLA coach John Wooden's quote, "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do," served as her guiding force. Hard to find fault with that message!" Sarah