The Comeback

From the Series Lorimer Sports Stories

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

On the surface, fourteen-year-old Chris is pretty average, playing hockey and having friends. But underneath it all, Chris is depressed. He quits his hockey team, but his doctor suggests that he should pick up another sport. Chris starts playing soccer, and the positive benefits of sport start to take effect. But former hockey teammate Trent is on the team, and his suspicions about Chris and his mental health threaten Chris’s acceptance and recovery. When Chris and Trent are chosen to play in a summer tournament, Chris decides to keep his depression a secret. But will rumors and stigma about his condition make him backslide and turn his own team against him? Find out in this sensitive high/low middle grade title.

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Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre High/Low
Category SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning, Sports
Copyright 2020
Publisher James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 160
Publication Date 2020-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV032150, JUV039240, JUV039050
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5 x 7.75
Lexile 540
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource


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: 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. The themes will appeal to kids who play sports, such as rivalry, teamwork, competition… View available downloads →