Nikki wants to be a basketball star... but between school stress, friend drama, and babysitting woes, will she be able to make it on her new team? Judy Blume meets Mike Lupica in this pitch-perfect, action-packed, and funny novel.

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?
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on March 5, 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316521906
ISBN-13: 9780316521901
2 Book Reviews
  • tunasalmon
    tunasalmonabout 1 year44 stars
    I read this book during the COVID-19 period, and borrowed this from my school library! Nikki is just an average seventh grader who loves basketball, has an annoying 3rd grader brother, and has a sperm donor father. However, things change when Nikki joins a basketball team called the Action, and money is tight in Nikki’s family. They make many sacrifices for Nikki to continue practicing on the team and join competitions. But.. Nikki navigates through changing friendships when her best friend starts to hang out with another girl rather than her, and the tough exercises that her couch gives the team, and loneliness and embarrassment that she has a “paper dad”. She feels like giving up when.. She meets a boy named Booker. She doesn’t exactly meet him, he’s been her science partner since the start of seventh grade. But Booker tells her his own gripping story about his family, and he inspired her to work harder, and the two of the start a relationship.. It all works out in the end, and I thought Nikki was a great character and even though I don’t play basketball, Nikki inspired me a lot, and I really enjoyed this story!
    • newtmazerunner
      newtmazerunnerover 1 year55 stars
      I would really recommend this book for kids who are interested in sports, and kids who want to improve at sports. This is the book just for them!