Playing for Keeps

From the Series Lorimer Sports Stories

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Hockey rules in Branko Stimac’s new hometown, where its star players get the royal treatment. Any other sport—like soccer, where Branko excels—is considered second-rate. This means the sacrifices Branko’s Croatian immigrant father made so he can play in Canada go unnoticed, as does Branko’s stellar goalkeeping.

When Branko makes it onto the Edmonton Select team as the second-string keeper, he keeps the accomplishment to himself, sure that no one in his home town will care. But then a video of one of his spectacular saves gets posted on a sports blog and goes viral. Suddenly Branko has more attention than he dreamed of.

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978-1-4594-0067-2
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978-1-4594-0066-5
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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Fiction, High/Low
Subject Diversity
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lorimer & Company, Ltd.
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2016-09-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV032150, JUV039100
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5 x 7.75
Lexile 680
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Teaching Guides

Author: Steven Sandor

Steven Sandor is an award-winning magazine editor, author and sports broadcaster. He has written five books in the Lorimer Sports Stories series, and two teen novels.

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Lorimer Sports Stories

Realistic, action-packed sports stories for reluctant middle-grade readers. Each book covers a contemporary theme—like bullying, friendship or prejudice—set against the backdrop of a specific sport. Books feature both boy and girl characters in grades 6 to 9, many from diverse… View available downloads →