Stealing Bases (Pretty Tough Series #4)

Stealing Bases (Pretty Tough Series #4)

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by Nicole Leigh Shepherd
     
 

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Reformed mean girl Kylie Collins desperately wants to put the craziness of basketball season behind her. (And with it, her cheater ex, Zachary Murphy.) Maybe she'll finally be able to silence her snarky streak and concentrate on her lifelong dream - being recruited for Division One softball.

But when Kylie arrives at her first softball practice of the season, she

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Reformed mean girl Kylie Collins desperately wants to put the craziness of basketball season behind her. (And with it, her cheater ex, Zachary Murphy.) Maybe she'll finally be able to silence her snarky streak and concentrate on her lifelong dream - being recruited for Division One softball.

But when Kylie arrives at her first softball practice of the season, she comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare: Amber McDonald, the best pitcher in the state.

Now, Kylie's forced to warm the bench as Amber wows crowds again and again. With all the drama happening out on the softball diamond, Kylie finds herself drawn back to bad habits-sabotaging people and hanging out with a certain Zachary Murphy. . .

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Laura Pastuszek
Kylie Collins is a very believable high school character. Any teenage girl involved in sports will relate to much of the character's life in high school and the dilemmas, challenges and accomplishments Kylie encounters. And as much as this is about girl athletes, boys will enjoy reading getting a glimpse into the minds of females as well. Mixed in with the drama of change from playing basketball to baseball is teenage romance, quirky relationships, deep friendships and the difficulty that this stage in life brings. Mikulski has a finger on the pulse of influence from coaches as she integrates the nuances of such relationships when Kylie gets into trouble with the coach because of her attitude, but is also strongly supported. Nicely woven throughout the story are Kylie's dreams to be the best she can whether that is in relationships, sports or in her pursuit of college dreams. The parallels of playing sports and living life allow the reader to make powerful connections and enjoy a realistic story about female high school athletes. Reviewer: Laura Pastuszek

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595143938
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/07/2011
Series:
Pretty Tough Series, #4
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
424,541
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
10 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Nicole Leigh Shepherd is the author of the Pretty Tough novels. She loves sports and believes in empowering and motivating young women to embrace their  athleticism while encouraging them to lead active, healthy lifestyles.

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