Indies Introduce

Middle Grade

  • Nikki on the Line, Barbara Roberts
    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316521901, March 5, 2019 (Middle Grade)


    “With a relatable, driven protagonist, Roberts deftly weaves a story of realistic struggles through themes of genetic gifts and curses—and their complicated relationship with who we choose to be. Fun and perfectly balanced, Nikki on the Line is impossible to put down, even for readers who know nothing about basketball.”

    Heather Smith, Linden Tree Children’s Books (Los Altos, CA)


    “Thirteen-year-old Nikki is thrilled to make an elite travel basketball team, but the stress that comes along with it can be hard to deal with. How she handles that stress and how she becomes more of the Nikki she’s meant to be is what makes this book truly wonderful, along with an authentic voice and a wonderfully diverse group of family and friends. A pitch-perfect middle grade novel for all to love!”

    Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop (Houston, TX)


    “While navigating her family and new teammates, a 13-year-old girl dreams of becoming a star basketball player. A perfect sports book for young girls but also a wonderful book with a great message and story that suits non-sports fans. This is a true gem!”

    Nichole Cousins, White Birch Books (North Conway, NH)

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