Nikki on the Line (Compact Disc)
Spring 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“Nikki on the Line thrums with life, energy, and adolescent self-discovery. With a relatable, driven protagonist, Roberts deftly weaves a story of realistic struggles through the themes of genetic gifts and curses — and their complicated relationship with who we choose to be. Fun and perfectly balanced, this book is impossible to put down, even for readers who know nothing about basketball.”
— Heather Smith, Linden Tree Children's Books, Los Altos, CA
Judy Blume meets Mike Lupica in this pitch-perfect, action-packed, and funny 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 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 read-aloud masterpiece, with stunning watercolor visuals, rhyme and rhythm, so perfect for young readers, this is an instant Halloween classic that will be shared for years to come. With a lightness in spirit, step and color, Grimly’s young girl carries us with her on her magical odyssey filled with a plethora of friendly bumps in the night. With a SWOOSH and a WHOOO, this is one shivery delight! - Reviewed by Maureen