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Thanks to Nicki (American Girl Today) [Paperback]

By Ann Howard Creel & Doron Ben-Ami (Illustrator)
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Pages   130
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2007
Publisher   American Girl
Age  8-12
ISBN  1593692900  
EAN  9781593692902  
UPC  723232092901  

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After a busy summer training Sprocket, the service dog she has been raising, Nicki's school year gets off to a rough start as she works on reconciling her two best friends, accepting that Sprocket will soon leave for placement with someone who needs him, and awaiting the birth of the twins her mother is expecting. Includes essay on service dogs.Nicki's school year gets off to a rough start as she works on reconciling her two best friends, accepting that the service dog that she has been raising will soon be placed with someone who needs him, and awaiting the birth of her mother's twins.

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A Young Girl's Gift  Apr 11, 2008
Thanks To Nicki
By Ann Howard Creel
Illustrated by Doren Ben-Ami

Nicki is doing such a good job training Sprocket, the service dog, that her worst fears may be coming true. Nicki may soon loose the dog she has come to love.

It doesn't seem to matter that Sprocket will go to help another child who needs him. Nicki's broken heart can't handle that thought.

Nicki's mother is expecting twins and Nicki needs to help more around the house. Meanwhile, her two best friends are competing for her attention.

Will her two friends ever get along? Will Nicki's dog Sprocket fail his advanced training and return to her? Will the twins be boys or girls? Or will they have one of each?

The last part of the book gives real life stories of children with their assistance dogs. You will also learn about raising canines and CCI Basic Commands.

Thanks to Nicki is a beautifully illustrated, heart warming story of a young girl's gift.

Jill Ammon Vanderwood, Author
Through the Rug
Through The Rug: Follow That Dog (Through the Rug)

Great Book  Mar 29, 2008
I read American Girl Books growing up and I recently introduced my 5 year old to them. We started out with the Nikki books and doll (and have managed to collect everything associated with the doll). I have to say that she is one of my absolute favorite characters. Her story is not all happily ever after which makes it realistic. I cannot believe people are giving this book less than stellar reviews because it is sad in the end. My daughter and I both were sad when Nikki had to give Sproket up, but training the dog and giving him up to help disabled people is the whole point of the story. I really feel that it showed my daughter that sometimes we have to do things that are hard because it is the right thing to do.
Ann Howard Creel is just plain horrible  Feb 8, 2008
This author is horrble. She needs to find a new line of work. Don't waste your money purchasing anything from this author.
Thanks to Being Realistic...  Jan 18, 2008
I grew up reading almost every American Girl book that I could get my hands on, but the ones I most enjoyed were those with the least sugar-coating. They were the ones that taught you that life wasn't going to be perfect, yet still re-assured you that it wouldn't end every time something bad happened, the ones that showed you how doing the right thing wasn't always easy. Basically, they were the books that tried not to insult your intelligence, just because you weren't an adult yet, but tried to introduce you to the nature of life and responsibility. "Thanks to Nicki" was just one of those books.

It wrapped up the conflicts from the previous book well, and even though the way Ms. Creel tied up the issue with Becca and Kris was a touch silly, it still worked well enough. Most of the characters were interesting, flawed but likable--much more like regular people than the cardboard characters you find in many books written for the same age-group. Nicki herself was a gem; while a very good kid, she wasn't impossibly perfect. For Nicki to hope that Sprocket would fail advanced training, even when it would mean he wouldn't be able to help someone who'd really need him, was a selfish and rather ugly desire, yet one that's certainly understandable and something most people could identify with. Also, it was able to show how being selfless can be tough, but in the end, helps a person to grow and become more compassionate towards others (without being too preachy, which is always a plus).

In the end, this is one book I'd hold onto and share with any future kids.

That being said, the story could be quite slow in parts, with the main conflicts focusing on common, everyday stresses and griefs. Not that this is a bad thing, but if you or your kids are looking for daring escapes or a dire struggle for survival, this might not be the book to read. A touch more humor to lighten the story wouldn't have hurt, either.
TOO SAD!!!!!  Jan 8, 2008
I am 17 years old, and I loved the first "Nicki" book, and moast other American Girl stories, but this one was a dissapitment. It is so sad, with all the talk of Nicki losing and Missing sproket that it made me cry! Its way too sad with Nicki being stuck in the middle of her 2 best friends and having to let her beloved dog go at the same time. I do like how Nicki names her newborn twin sisters "Rebeca and Kristine" and finnally get Kriss and Becca to like eachother, but if Nicki had gotten to keep sproket, it would be much, much better!

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