Spring 2020

The Playmaker

From the Series Lorimer Sports Stories

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

With no team in her rural town, Zoey tries out for Bantam girl’s team the Barrie Sharks. She makes the cut and, knowing that the income from her family’s farm won’t cover the fees, pushes herself to overcome her shyness and try to raise her own funding. Zoey’s talent and eagerness on the ice impress Coach Mikom, team captain Tia, and goalie Anika. But her skills challenge rich Mel for prominence on the team. Teammate Kat makes Zoey embarrassed by her rural background, and Zoey’s shame at her father’s behavior at a game gives a player on another team the opportunity to bully Zoey, and interfere with her game.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-4594-1397-9
On pre-order until 01/01/2020
$27.99 $20.99
978-1-4594-1395-5
On pre-order until 03/03/2020
$8.99 $8.99
Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Fiction, High/Low
Subject Diversity
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lorimer & Company, Ltd.
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2020-01-01
BISACS JUV039050, JUV032110
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5 x 7.75
Lexile 640
Features Teaching Guides and eSource

Author: Alex O'Brien

Alex O'Brien has played, watched, and coached several sports extensively. It was only natural that he'd come to write sports novels revealing the excitement and growth offered through competition.

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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 →