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. Volume XIII Number 21 . . . . June 8, 2007
Nick and Kia get a personal invitation to participate in a summer basketball boot camp in this ninth instalment of the Nick and Kia series. With the invitation coming from Jerome “Junk Yard Dog” Williams, a NBA star, there is no hesitation in accepting. To add to their excitement, Nick and Kia learn Jerome William’s brother, Johnnie Williams III, and father, known as Sergeant Push Up, will be helping to run the camp.
The pair quickly learn the meaning of hard work and discipline. They also learn that egos and team work don’t mix when they meet fellow teammate Jamal.
Together, they must learn to set aside personal differences to work and play cooperatively if they wish to succeed at the boot camp. In doing so, they realize how difficult life has been for Jamal and why he behaves as he does. In the end, Nick and Kia not only have a teammate but a good friend as well.
The chapters are an achievable length - 5-7 pages - for those readers who are discouraged from reading chapter books. And while the dialogue is sometimes contrived, the use of basketball jargon will give readers a real sense of the game.
The book is overflowing with adult advice and life lessons to be learned, but the exciting scrimmage and fast paced game descriptions will appeal to young basketball fans.
Deborah Pethrick, a library tech in a K-9 school in Winnipeg, MB, is forever reading to
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