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Booktalking "Fifteen Love" by Nicole Leigh Shepherd


Fifteen-year-old ninth-grade identical twins Maggie and Bella Anderson did not know what was in store for them when they met Coach Kasinski. Coach K, as she did not appreciate being called, liked her players to play the Kasinski way, whatever that meant. Maggie eats junk food while Bella watches her diet. Maggie twirls the racket while Bella perfects her game. Bella is obsessed with the game, while Maggie reluctantly participates. Is a Classic title on their horizon?

Coach Kasinski is surrounded by tennis talent, and the players find her daunting. She demands perfection in all things, or the players will simply endure more conditioning. Maggie and Coach K seem to be perpetually at odds with one another.

Injuries plague the athletes. Maggie's boyfriend Ryan hurts himself doing stunts on his bike, and Lauren pulls her hamstring after being tripped while conditioning for Coach K.

Sweetly enough, the twins wrote a book together about tolerance and tennis. Different Strokes was written by Bella and illustrated by Maggie about twin tennis stars. Will the Anderson Aces succeed on the court as well?

Fifteen Love by Nicole Leigh Shepherd, 2012

I love the dedication to the sport that one sees in Maggie and Bella. Other siblings in tennis come to mind when reading this book, such as Venus and Serena Williams, and the identical Bryan brothers. Bob and Mike Bryan (one lefty and one righty) are so synchronized that they simultaneously kiss their trophies.

I am personally quite fond of skating and horseback riding. I understand how important sports activities can become in one's life. I also quite enjoyed playing tennis and ping pong with family members while I was growing up.

The author frequented a tennis club to learn how to play the game and the intricate rules while researching the book. That shows a special dedication on her part; the author actually got out there on the court herself. I love reading books in which the author is knowledgeable about the subject of discussion. 


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