From the Series Lorimer Sports Stories

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

14-year-old Patrick and his mother leave their small town for the city. Out of boredom and frustration, he steals a pair of headphones. When he’s caught, the police officer, Constable Jack, is willing to get the charges dropped if Patrick trains with him in parkour for twelve weeks.

While Patrick trains extra hard he develops a crush on Parker and a rivalry with Jayden. When the tension with Jayden reaches new heights, Constable Jack decides they’ll settle the score in a competition. But they aren’t just fighting for best individual — there’s also the prize for best club at stake. That means Patrick and Jayden will have to learn to work together.

Distributed in the U.S by Lerner Publishing Group.

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Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre High/Low
Copyright 2019
Publisher James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 120
Publication Date 2018-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV032000, JUV021000
Dimensions 5 x 7.75
Lexile 520
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

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 →


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