Nina Bannister just wanted to enjoy her retirement in her little bungalow on the sea coast. But she couldn’t resist being pulled out of her well-deserved rest, when asked to return as principal of Bay St. Lucy High School. How hard could it be? After all, she’d served as a principal before. Of course, Nina had no idea that she was destined to encounter one of her college enemies--April van Osdale. It seems, the infamous April is heading up an important state-wide education committee and has been appointed by the governor to raise Bay St. Lucy’s abysmal test scores. When Nina comes face-to-face with April, she is shocked that the self-important woman seems to have no recollection of their previous unpleasant encounters. Nina hardly has time to ponder this strange occurrence, when April demands that Nina institute a draconian routine of standardized test preparation at the high school. Nina plays it cool on the surface but is seething underneath and contemplates what she might do to neutralize the mean-spirited Ms. van Osdale. Her first attempt involves forcing the prim woman to meet her for lunch in a local dive, but this quickly goes awry when Nina unfortunately reveals some incriminating information about the ladies’ basketball team, resulting in April firing the coach. With no assistant coach available, it appears the popular team will not be able to play the rest of their season unless a new coach is found. So, now Nina is not only a principal, she is also a ladies’ basketball coach. So much for retirement! But Nina is determined not to let April van Osdale’s tyrany ruin the lives of her students and teachers and begins to develop a plan to oust the vicious administrator from the town. Unfortunately, before she can implement any of her ideas, the mysterious Ms. van Osdale disappears--and it looks like she’s been murdered. Can Nina solve this crime? Does she want to? Can she coach the team well enough to get the Bay St. Lucy Lady Mariners to State? Maybe she can, but it will take a major GAME CHANGE!
Pam Britton (T’Gracie) Reese is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Science and Disorders Department at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Previously, she worked as a speech pathologist in schools in private practice. She was also a supervisor in communication disorders at Ohio University. She likes nothing better, professionally, than helping small, silent two year old boys start talking. She has also published books about autism with LinguiSystems for the last 15 years. The Circle of Autism was previously published on-line at ken*again e-magazine
Joe Reese is a novelist, playwright, storyteller, and college teacher. He has published four novels, several plays, and a number of stories and articles. When he is not teaching (English and German), he enjoys visiting elementary schools, where he tells stories from his Katie Dee novels and talks to students about writing. He and his wife Pam have three children: Kate, Matthew, and Sam.