Playing softball for the Lady Tigers had always been the key to Avery, Charlotte, and Bianca’s friendship. It was the common interest they shared.
But when Charlotte grows closer to a new girl in the neighborhood, Avery worries that her friend’s new interest in clothes and shopping will tear the trio apart. Suddenly, Avery finds herself surrounded by worry, stress, and jealousy that affects the whole team. Can the girls come together for the upcoming tournament, or will insecurities get the better of the Lady Tigers?
And can Avery learn to accept her friend’s new interest…and herself?
LitPick Top Choice Book Review Award
One thing that I appreciate about all the books in the Lady Tigers series is the way they incorporate positive themes and values. Avery Appreciates True Friendship emphasizes some important lessons about friendship: be yourself and don’t try to change to be popular with others, friendship shouldn’t be possessive - friends are meant to be shared, and try to work out your problems - don’t just give up on your friendships.
The characters were charmingly displayed as young teenagers. Avery is obviously a sports girl who couldn’t care less about the way she looks and the latest fashion trends. She and her two friends seem extremely similar in this way until Charlotte introduces Shelby. Suddenly, the girls aren’t so similar anymore. Charlotte and Shelby are more fashionistas while Avery and Bianca adamantly maintain their position that fashion and softball don’t mix. While this makes room for the typical teenage girl drama, it effortlessly portrays the story as one that would happen in real life.
"Paige Ashley Brotherton’s debut novel is simultaneously fun and serious. An in-depth look at a young softball player’s struggles and victories, this novel will appeal to any young girl who has played any level of softball. The story is about a young girl, Avery, and her circle of friends. Her friends are composed of other girls who play on the same softball team, and everyone seems to have a solid friendship based on their shared love of the game. However, questions soon arise for Avery as she struggles with the meaning of true friendship and issues of self-esteem and jealousy. Brotherton writes in a refreshing voice, and the story rings very true for any girl who has gone through the confusion of adolescence. I am very much looking forward to the next book from this young author." -Narielle Living, Blue Fortune Publishing