From the Series Lorimer Sports Stories
Highlighting rugby, the fastest growing sport in America, this book tackles the issue of girls playing full-contact sports. Maddy and her friends are a small town group determined to form a girls’ junior rugby team while they navigate learning both the rules of the game and the rules set out by the school board. The adults are concerned about the girls’ safety and even Maddy worries that she is too small for the rough game. But the persistence of the diverse group of girls wins the day and the book becomes a celebration of the empowerment and self-esteem young girls get from participating in sports.
|Interest Level||Grade 4 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Category||Diverse Books: Feminism, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning|
|Publisher||James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers|
|Imprint||Lorimer Children & Teens|
|Number of Pages||128|
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. The themes will appeal to kids who play sports, such as rivalry, teamwork, competition… View available downloads →