From the Series Lorimer SideStreets
Set in the traditionally homophobic world of amateur hockey, this book follows gay goalie Cooper in his struggle with his feelings for a teammate and coming out to his team. Cooper has been hooking up with teammate Pesh in secret, and has to play along when Pesh dates a girl and even tolerate locker-room homophobic talk. When Pesh outs Cooper online, trying to better his own chances at playing pro, Cooper chooses self-esteem and honesty over sex. With a strong and relatable main character, this book is a realistic, positive look at teen relationships — gay or straight.
Distributed in the U.S by Lerner Publishing Group
|Interest Level||Grade 8 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Genre||High/Low, Young Adult|
|Category||Diverse Books: LGBTQIA+, Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: C Social Awareness, 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||160|
School Library Journal
“Recommended for high school libraries.”—School Library Journal
“Coccia scores with this gay athlete’s journey . . . Sweet heat melts the ice, and relationship woes guide growth.”—Kirkus Reviews
Author: Paul Coccia
Paul Coccia has a specialist in English from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. He wrote the YA novel Cub. Paul lives in Toronto.
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Edgy high/low fiction for teen reluctant readers. Each SideStreets novel deals with real-world issues and features contemporary teen characters, many from diverse backgrounds. Male and female characters face serious issues today’s teens can relate to, such as… View available downloads →