From the Series Lorimer Sports Stories
Paul Bidwell dreams of playing on a hockey team but knows that his mother can’t afford to pay for the registration fees or the equipment. So he plays boot hockey with his friends and practices alone every night on the open-ice rink in the park. When the flu and mononucleosis hit Paul’s school and his best friend, Vincent, is laid up with a concussion, an opening is created on Vincent’s team, the Wildcats. Paul finally gets the chance to prove to the other players—and to himself—that he deserves his time on the ice.
|Interest Level||Grade 4 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Publisher||James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers|
|Imprint||Lorimer Children & Teens|
|Number of Pages||120|
This tale of a young Canadian immigrant who gets a longer for but unexpected chance to join a local team will score an easy goal with younger or less expert readers mad for hockey. Money is so tight since Paul’s divorced dad went back to Trinidad that the equipment and registration costs required to join the Saskatoon Wildcats seem out of reach—until a wave of flu, injuries, and mono leave the team desperately shorthanded just when a league championship seems within reach. Soon Paul is recruited, introduced to team play, and out on the ice. Aside from a few comments about Paul’s skin color, a player who suffers a concussion, and one hostile team member brought around by the end, the tale’s drama comes from the brisk practices and game action, which is thick with references to boot hockey, rep hockey, zones, checks, penalty kills, and other lingo, as well as general strategy. Paul’s team doesn’t quite come out on top—but he does, and he gets plenty of support from peers and adults along the way.
Author: David Trifunov
David Trifunov is an award-winning sportswriter and freelance journalist based in Lake Country, BC. His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and websites across Canada and the United States.
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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. The themes will appeal to kids who play sports, such as rivalry, teamwork, competition… View available downloads →