Taking the Lead
From the Series Lorimer Sports Stories
Jonas is captain of his school track team. He runs to win, and his specialty is the 100m sprint. Mistakenly entered in the 400m at a meet, Jonas is angry that he’s not guaranteed a win. When his team loses the relay race, Jonas unfairly turns on one of his teammates. Jonas’s coach strips him of his captaincy and kicks him off the team. Soon he meets Darren, a vision– and mobility–impaired teen who wants to run a 5k race. Jonas agrees to help Darren train. Through working with Darren, Jonas learns a new appreciation for his sport and what it really means to be a winner.
|Interest Level||Grade 5 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Publisher||Lorimer & Company, Ltd.|
|Imprint||Lorimer Children & Teens|
|Number of Pages||128|
Author: Karen Spafford-Fitz
Karen Spafford-Fitz is the author of five books for children and teens, including the Lorimer SideStreets novels Push Back and Saving Grad, both named Resource Links Magazine's Year's Best.
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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 →