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MFAC Alumna ‘17 Barbara Carroll Roberts Publishes New Book


Nikki on the Line, by Barbara Carroll Roberts

Published by Little, Brown

March 5, 2019

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About the Book

Hamline MFAC Alumna Barbara Carroll Roberts publishes her debut book Nikki on the Line. Nikki on the Line follows thirteen-year-old Nikki Doyle who dreams of becoming a basketball star, but when she joins an elite basketball club, she realizes she has a lot of catching up to do, especially after she learns she will no longer be point guard like she had always been before. It seems that her life continues to unravel from there. From embarrassing school projects to now having to take care of her younger brother after school, stress builds at school, at home, and with her closest friend, who begins hanging out with another girl on the team more than Nikki.

Nikki must learn to compete at a higher level than before and how to juggle all the changes happening in her life. Barbara Carroll Roberts’s new book is a testament to perseverance and growing up.

Praise for Nikki on the Line

Nikki on the Line is a Spring 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List pick.

Nikki on the Line has also been chosen as a Winter/Spring 2019 Indies Introduce selection.


Barbara will be speaking and signing books at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Gaithersburg, Maryland on May 18, 2019.