Until now, Layla has balanced her school work and volleyball easily enough. In eighth grade, though, academic expectations are tougher. Student-athletes need at least a C average in all classes to play sports. When Layla’s dedication to volleyball puts her algebra grade at risk, her chances of making the high school freshman team next year are on the line. Can she find a way to ace her classes like she does on the court?
- Age Range: 9 – 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 – 6
- Series: Jake Maddox JV Girls
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Capstone Press (August 1, 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1496599179
- ISBN-13: 978-1496599179
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 Volleyball Ace for the JV Girls series, which releases August 1, 2020. 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. The conflict–balancing grades and academics–is something I wrote about as an education reporter years ago and remains relevant for young student-athletes today. I hope readers enjoy Volleyball Ace!
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