From the Series Lorimer Sports Stories
Sam’s grandfather, Pops, always taught Sam that the most important aspects of rugby are sportsmanship and teamwork. Things are not great at home, but Sam’s struggles really begin when his school is shut down and he transfers to Rosedale Heights. He has trouble fitting in with the snobby Rosedale team, especially Bittner, who resents Sam’s presence. All seems lost when, set up by Bittner, Sam gets kicked off the team under suspicion of stealing. Can Sam prove his innocence and get back in play for the highly anticipated England game? And can he play the kind of rugby that will make Pops proud? Find out in this gripping high/low middle grade sports story.
|Interest Level||Grade 5 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Publisher||Lorimer & Company, Ltd.|
|Imprint||Lorimer Children & Teens|
|Number of Pages||160|
“In a high/low format, this entry in the Sports Stories series uses short chapters packed with dialogue, action, and diverse characters . . .”—Booklist
School Library Journal
“The in-depth game play will attract sports fans . . . The books also skillfully take on relevant issues including racial discrimination, economic disparities, and mental illness.”—School Library Journal
Author: Mike Levitt
Mike Levitt has played, coached, and refereed high school rugby. He wrote the curriculum for his school district's grade 11 rugby course. Rugby Rivals is his first sports novel.
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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 →