Barbara Carroll Roberts



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)

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“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)

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