From a young man’s experiments in cross-pollination to the rose that became an international symbol of hope, this picture book biography, beautifully illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, is a quiet epic of war and peace.
“A stunning and provocative addition to biography collections for elementary school-age children.” (School Library Journal, starred review)
“A tremendous book about basketball, taking risks, and becoming your true self.” (Gary D. Schmidt)
“Nikki is instantly recognizable as an everygirl for the 21st century. She is funny, thoughtful and awkward. … Readers who know what it’s like to strive for something almost out of reach, fail and try again, will have nothing but respect and affection for Nikki. And readers of any age who thought they had no interest in basketball may find themselves utterly fascinated by the sport.” (Shelf Awareness)