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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Trish has some difficult decisions to make and an important lesson to learn. She loves her violin and she loves playing in the orchestra, but she also loves playing softball. She’s very good at both and now she’s been asked to try out for a competitive softball team. The only problem is that practices for softball conflict with practices for orchestra. Her parents don’t understand her love of softball and her mother particularly insists that she continues playing the violin in the orchestra. Apparently Trish has a good chance of getting a university scholarship with her music if she continues. What can she do? She desperately wants to do both.
Trish tries to talk to her parents. Neither have watched her play softball. Her dad is always too busy at work or watching television. Her mom just doesn’t understand. There’s paperwork that needs a parent signature, so when the high school sends papers that needed signing, Trish slips the softball permission forms in with the high school papers and her dad just signs without reading. Trish is now officially on the team, but her lies are growing as she starts to skip orchestra practice for softball practice. As much as she enjoys both activities, she is frustrated with her inability to communicate her desires with her parents and she’s frustrated with the progressive way in which her lies are growing. How can she keep up this charade? Or is her world about to come tumbling down around her?
Dawn Brotherton’s young people’s novel, Trish’s Team: Lady Tigers Volume One, is an important story about dealing with life’s ever-present complications. Trish has to learn that lying won’t help her cause. She also has to learn that she can’t always have things the way she wants them. And, although she’s good at playing both the violin and softball, as a team player in both the orchestra and on the softball team she has to demonstrate her trustworthiness. After all, in a team you play together, not solo. These are very important lessons for young people to learn, but also important lessons for adults as well, not just the trustworthiness, but also the importance of listening to each other and communicating. Well done!