Thirteen-year-old Aniyah comes from a long line of drill and step team members. Her mom and aunts all competed, so none of them understand why Aniyah doesn’t want to continue the tradition. But Aniyah doesn’t like attention or performing. Then Aniyah’s friend, Stacy, convinces her to give the team a try. The team dances just for fun and doesn’t compete, so there’s no pressure. Aniyah discovers Stacy is right–it is kind of fun! But just when Aniyah is starting to get into the groove, the rules change. The team decides to enter a competition. Can Aniyah overcome her fears and get on board with competition, or will she have to step away from drill team?

  • Age Range: 9 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 – 6
  • Series: Jake Maddox JV Girls
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone/Stone Arch Books Press (August 1, 2021)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1663910995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1663910998

Spoiler alert: “Jake Maddox” is not a real person. Writers are hired for each book in the series, which is united by a single name–-Jake Maddox–-for branding. I was hired to write Drill Team Determination for the JV Girls series, which released August 1, 2021. My name and bio are inside the book, so the writer does get credit, but the rights remain with the publisher since it was a work-for-hire project. I hope readers enjoy Drill Team Determination!


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