Thanks to Nicki

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American Girl, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 102 pages
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Nicki's story continues, with a second book about the Girl of the Year 2007.Ten-year-old Nicki Fleming has been having a busy summer on her Colorado ranch. When she isn't training Sprocket to be a service dog, she's helping her mother, who is expecting twins soon. Yet Nicki is dreading the fall--that's when Sprocket will have to leave for more training and eventual placement with a person with special needs. The beginning of the school year also means she's stuck in the middle--caught between her two best friends, Kris and Becca, who can't seem to get along. Can Nicki find a way to let Sprocket go and keep both of her good friends close?The True Story section at the back of the book focuses on real girls who have experience training service dogs.

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Review: Thanks to Nicki (American Girl of the Year)

User Review  - Lily - Goodreads

Very sweet. Nicki's reaction was believable when she gave Sprocket up. Nice conclusion to the series. Read full review

Review: Thanks to Nicki (American Girl of the Year)

User Review  - Katelyn Lynch - Goodreads

Nicki trains service dogs. Her mom was supposed to, but she got put on bed rest. The dog she trains is named Sprocket. Nicki lives on a pig ranch. Her two best friends are Kris, and Becca. When Nicki ... Read full review


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Ann Howard Creel was born on July 24, 1953. By the age of ten she was writing daily in a diary, and by the age of twelve she had written a novel. She attended the University of Texas, received a degree in nursing, and became a Registered Nurse. After moving to California in 1985 she went back to school and earned a Master's degree. She loved her nursing career, but the urge to write never left her, so she began to write again at night after work when she moved to Colorado. She took two creative writing courses in Durango, Colorado and then wrote her first novel, Water at the Blue Earth. She still works as a school nurse in the Denver area and writes part-time. Her titles include A Ceiling of Stars, Call Me the Canyon, and The Magic of the Ordinary Days.

Doron Ben-Ami is an award winning illustrator living in Danbury Connecticut with his wife Hilary Kaufman/Ben-Ami and two children, Juilet and Jake. Mr. Ben-Ami studied art at Brooklyn College where he graduated Cum Laude in 1977 with a Bachelor of Fine Art. He subsequently served an apprenticeship with renowned figurative painter Philip Pearlstein. His work has appeared on numerous young adult and children's book covers, as well as national advertisements.

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