Wednesday, September 7, 2016

"Beyond the Lines" by Claudia Whitsitt

Beyond the Lines
(Kids Like You Book 2)
by Claudia Whitsitt

Beyond the Lines is the second book in the Kids Like You series by Claudia Whitsitt, recommended for children ages 9 and up. Also available: Between the Lines (read my blog post).

Beyond the Lines is currently on tour with BeachBoundBooks. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

The Dream Girls - Hattie, Crackers, and Beverly Jo - are back with the same determination and resolve they displayed in Between the Lines. This time, it's Crackers who has a dream. She has oodles of talent, can outshoot any guy, and she wants to be the first girl on the boys' basketball team. Everybody knows she's the best player at school. The problem is, the rules say: No girls allowed on the team. Ever. But the Dream Girls have challenged old-fashioned notions before, and they're not about to give up now. Beverly Jo rocks the world with an ingenious plan, Hattie sets the wheels in motion, and Crackers gives her all. For this threesome, nothing is impossible.

Four months ago, I thought my life was over. But just look at me now. I’ve gone from a Catholic school kid to a public school student and from a knock-kneed scaredy-cat to a mostly brave girl. Not only that, but I’ve made the best friends ever. Beverly Jo is not just the smartest girl I know, but the friendliest, and Crackers, well, she’s the life of the party, whether there’s a party or not.
Which brings me to our 5th grade holiday break celebration, a sleepover at my house. The aromas wafting down the basement stairs right now awaken me in the best possible way—with a gigantic grin on my face. There’s not a better smell in the world than bread frying in a custard of milk, eggs and butter, crackling bacon, and warm maple syrup.
I stretch my arms over my head and untangle my sleeping bag from the cocoon its coiled around my legs, peeking out to see if either of my friends’ peepers are blinking yet.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
"Beyond the Lines is a refreshing story of true friendship." ~ Lori (Amazon)
"A delightful story of true friendship" ~ David (Amazon)
"Great characters, superlative writing and the sense of being dropped into the midst of a Dream Girls meeting makes Beyond the Lines a wonderful book." ~ DJ (Amazon)
"Beyond the Lines is a beautiful story of friendship." ~ Amazon reviewer

About the Author
Claudia Whitsitt spent a lifetime teaching special education and writing before becoming a full-time author. She believes in the power of friendship, small acts of kindness, and paying it forward. Nothing makes her happier than spending time with her children, which includes not only the five she raised but the countless students who touched her life over the years.

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