I Smell Like Ham by Betty Hicks

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Boys, basketball, barf -- the pefect middle grade novel! Nick wants to convince the coach that he's a point guard, get rid of Dwayne-the-dork, and stop missing his mother. But that's tough to do when he can't keep the ball way from Carson Jones, the dork is his stepbrother, the honor code's a joke, and he's been splattered with something worse-smelling than ham.

About Betty Hicks

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Betty Hicks is the author of Animal House and Iz, and Busted. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Published August 1, 2002 by Roaring Brook Press. 144 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Caught between his newfound responsibility for Dwayne and his own attempts to fit in despite his anger at his friends, Nick must finesse many familiar scenarios: peer pressure, competing for a spot on the team, and negotiating difficult family relations.

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In the end, Nick's nobler inclinations win out: when Dwayne runs away and Nick searches for him, Nick realizes that he's not the only one struggling to find his place in the new family structure.

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