Judy Blume meets Mike Lupica in this heartfelt and authentic debut novel about a girl coming of age at home, in school, and on the basketball court.
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 really piles up as Nikki takes on babysitting her annoying little brother after school and her best friend starts spending that time with another girl on the team. Plus, Nikki's science teacher assigns a family tree project that might force Nikki to reveal her most embarrassing secret--her biological father was a sperm donor. As the stakes rise on the basketball court, in the classroom, 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?
With a pitch-perfect voice, fast-paced action, and characters who feel as if they live and breath, Nikki on the Line heralds the arrival of a brilliant new voice in contemporary middle grade fiction.