Boys, basketball, barf — the perfect middle grade novel! Sixth-grader Nick Kimble dreams of becoming the next great basketball star. However, his plans are met with a number of obstacles, including a meddling stepmother, a less-than-cool younger stepbrother, and a cocky teammate who manages to make Nick look bad at every turn. 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 away 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.