by Kelsey Blair
Ashley Rivera's single mom can't afford to buy her new basketball shoes -- she does't even have enough for the registration fee when Ashley makes the city basketball team. So Ashley takes on extra work to make the money she needs to play basketball. Soon Ashley's overloaded schedule makes her too tired for school and her friends, and she can't take it when the popular girl on her team suddenly starts teasing her about her ragged sneakers.
Does Ashley even want to keep playing? With the help of friends old and new, and with surprising support from her brother, Ashley figures out how to afford the price of play.
About the Author
KELSEY BLAIR played varsity women's basketball at the University of British Columbia where she was team captain for four years, leading her team to two Canadian Interuniversity Sport National Championships. She later played professional basketball in Sweden for two years before returning to Vancouver, British Columbia, where she is currently pursuing her PhD in English from Simon Fraser University. Kelsey is the author of the sports novel Pick and Roll in the Lorimer Sports Stories series, which was named one of the Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens. Ugly Kicks is her second novel.
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