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A Different Game

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Young Readers


In this sequel to Murphy and Mousetrap, Murphy and his three friends, Danny, Jeff and Albert, are making the transition from the tribal elementary school to the community middle school. They are all trying out for the middle school's soccer team, and they're pretty confident that The Formidable Four will all make the team. But once the tryouts begin, Albert, the tribal-school superstar, plays like a second stringer. Murphy's new friend, Molly, is determined to help the boys find out what's wrong with Albert, but when they discover the truth, they realize that Albert is playing a whole different game.

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"Part of the terrific Orca Young Readers collection, A Different Game is the story of four boys who strive to make their school's soccer team only to discover that sometimes you get call[ed] up to play in a bigger game, and that life, like soccer, is better when it's a team effort...A solid, well-crafted story with strong, likable characters that will appeal to readers from Grade 3 up."

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"A novel of courage and achievement told from the point of view of four native youths who must learn to cope with life off the reserve and their friend's illness…Many life lessons are taught with meaningful thematic messages, values and spirit…Highly recommended for primary/junior male readers both for recreational reading and for literature circles or discussion groups."

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Sylvia Olsen is the author of many books and has been nominated for and won numerous awards. She has spent most of her life living in theTsartlip First Nation, where her children and grandchildren now live. Sylvia usually writes for children and young adults about the place between cultures where Canada's First Nations and settlers come together. She is also a storyteller who loves to work with young people to help them find their written and spoken voice. Sylvia is the mother of four and grandmother of seven. She lives in North Saanich near Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.sylviaolsen.ca.

 
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Betting Game

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Sports


Jack’s a star player on an elite soccer team along with his brother, Alex. The Lancers are on top of the league, even favored to win the National Championship. But the game’s about to change. A slick bookie wins Jack’s friendship and introduces him to illegal betting. Before long, Jack is hooked on the adrenaline rush, and early wins convince him that gambling could make him rich. Meanwhile, an ever-widening rift is forming between the two brothers. Suddenly, Jack’s “system” fails and his luck runs out. How could a few losses pile up to a gut-kicking ten grand? When he can’t pay, the bookie gives Jack one way out—throw the National Championship. But can he betray his brother, his team and himself?

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"A very compelling story with interesting characters that kept this reader wanting to read more. 'Connor deals with topics that would be well worth discussing with almost any teen: the value of team-work; honesty; and ethics. I will certainly include Betting Game in our curriculum resource collection and would recommend it for other school libraries as well. Highly Recommended."

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"O’Connor will keep the game’s fans close with plenty of in-the-know soccer patter, but she will also draw other readers with the story of Jack’s slow absorption into a gambling...Hard-hitting...and as memorable as a prison tour for young men who think crime is a sport and a joke."

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"The fast-paced writing has enough soccer action to keep reluctant readers turning the pages, and the gambling intrigue, along with a side plot involving a new player on Jack’s team, adds to the increasing conflict...The tone, dialogue, and emotional stakes ring true. A solid pick for hi-lo sports fiction."

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"Tight and authentic sports action combined with engaging characters make this title great for sports fans as well as readers who enjoy action and drama."

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"A fast paced, entertaining read that will really appeal to all soccer players, both boys and girls, especially those struggling to sustain a reading habit. This book can’t be put down. The soccer scenes are action packed. The boys’ references to world renowned soccer players will engage readers while the emotional pressure to get along on a team will resonate with all athletes."

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Heather M. O’Connor is a freelance writer, editor, author and mother of five (and grandmother of two). She lives in Whitby, Ontario, with her family and her yellow lab, Lady. For more information, visit heathermoconnor.com.

 
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Above All Else

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Sports


Del plays striker on his high school soccer team, the Cardinals, and they’ve gone almost three seasons undefeated. To Del, it’s just a game, but some of the players think winning is all that matters. When an ugly tackle results in a major loss for the Cardinals against their main rival, the Rebels, things get heated between the teams. That night, one of Del’s teammates has his ankle broken by an unknown assailant, leaving him unable to take part in the playoffs.

As Del tries to figure out which of the Rebels’ players is responsible for the attack, his coach brings in a substitute player, and he’s actually really good. Is it just a coincidence, or did someone finally take the above all else mentality too far?

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"A fast-paced mystery with some excellent dialogue, action scenes, and an important message: one should not jump to conclusions and/or judge others until all of the evidence is in."

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"Part detective story, part teenage romance, part reality show, and quite an entertaining quick read. Author Jeff Ross obviously knows his subject, audience and characters very well."

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Jeff Ross is the author of several novels for young adults. He teaches scriptwriting and English at Algonquin College in Ottawa.

 
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Abby's Fabulous Season

Second Story Press


In 1955, girls who played hockey were rare, and there was no chance for them to play on a boy's team. But Abby Hoffman, a nine-year-old girl with a short haircut, supportive parents, and plenty of bravado, manages to bluff her way onto the all-star team in the boy's league. If her secret is discovered, she'll fight to keep the place she's earned on her team. Inspired by the real-life Abby Hoffman's story.

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Alain M. Bergeron is a big hockey fan. He is a prolific author of books for young people. He lives in Victoriaville, Quebec.

 
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Maverick Mania

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Sports


The disappearance of his soccer team's leading scorer during the championship finals leads sixteen-year-old Matt to investigate and entangles him in a possible kidnapping. If the Mavericks win just a few more games, they'll make it to the national soccer championship. There's only one catch. Their star player, Caleb Riggins, has disappeared. Matt Carr is determined to find his teammate and solve the mystery. He just didn't realize it would involve attack dogs, a mysterious golden bridge and a family who may not be who they seem. And the big game is only days away.

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"The short, action-packed chapters, the tongue-in-cheek humour, the soccer game descriptions, and the general absence of thick, descriptive passages, will be to the liking of many pre-teen boys."

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"Each character is distinct and believable and acts consistently in accordance with his/her traits. The author is clearly knowledgeable about soccer game-play."

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Sigmund Brouwer is the author of over 20 novels for adults and dozens of books for children. He visits over 150 schools per year to deliver his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation, reaching about 60,000 students per year. Sigmund lives in Red Deer, Alberta. For more information, visit www.sigmundbrouwer.com.

 
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Murphy & Mousetrap

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Young Readers


Murphy's mother has just moved him and their cat, Mousetrap, back to the reserve in Port Alberni. Although he belongs to the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, Murphy is sure that he won't fit in, and he worries about Mousetrap, who has always been an indoor cat. When a bunch of local boys drag him to their soccer practice, put him in goal and pelt him with balls, he believes that his worst fear has come true. However, he seems to be discovering a new talent at the same time. And perhaps he has misjudged. Being a light-skinned city boy thrust onto a reserve far from the city is not easy, but maybe Murphy has what it takes.

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Sylvia Olsen lives in North Saanich near Victoria, British Columbia, with her partner Tom, and Jude, their very beautiful and energetic Australian shepherd.

 
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Fortuna Girls - Mehr als nur ein Sieg!

Bastei Entertainment | Fortuna Girls


Band 3 der Fußballserie für freche Mädchen:

Auch wenn Felicitas zuerst gar keine Lust auf den Umzug nach Erfurt hatte, fühlt sie sich dort inzwischen richtig wohl. Sie hat eine super Mädchenfußballmannschaft auf die Beine gestellt und wahre Freundinnen gefunden.

Doch dann bekommt sie ein Angebot, das ihr Leben verändern könnte: Sie wird eingeladen, in einer Auswahlmannschaft zu spielen und so den Sprung in einen Profiverein zu schaffen. Felicitas muss sich entscheiden: Soll sie das verlockende Angebot annehmen oder bei ihren Freundinnen, den Fortuna Girls, bleiben?

 
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Kicker

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Sports


Izzy and Julia have been on the same team for years. Izzy is frustrated that Julia spends too much time cherry-picking and getting all the credit when they score. But when someone starts threatening the team and their home field is sabotaged, the friends must work together to find the answers. Why would someone threaten their star player? And what is the connection to a century-old train robbery and the rumor of buried treasure? Trying to solve the mystery and keep the team in the playoff race, Izzy and Julia find themselves in deeper than they thought, and in more danger than they imagined.

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"The combination of sports drama and unique mystery story [is] very compelling...an engaging read."

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"A very interesting read...offers something for the sports-minded with a little intrigue and suspense thrown in. Highly Recommended."

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Michele Martin Bossley is the author of numerous books for young people, including Jumper and Kicker in the Orca Sports series. A frequent speaker at writing conferences and schools, Michele divides her time between writing and parenting her four sons. She lives in Calgary.

 
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Fortuna Girls - Nichts kann uns stoppen!

Bastei Entertainment | Fortuna Girls


Band 2 der Mädchenfußballserie mit Tipps & Tricks der Ex-Nationalspielerin Nia Künzer:

Die Fortuna Girls lassen sich von ihrer Niederlage gegen die Jungs nicht unterkriegen. Gemeinsam bringen sie ihren Treffpunkt, den alten Kahn am Hafen, auf Vordermann und trainieren in jeder freien Minute. Nach einem Sieg gegen ein anderes Mädchenteam überbringt Benni eine Einladung zu einem neuen Duell.

Dabei ist er so süß, dass sich Felicitas gegen ihren Willen in ihn verliebt - ausgerechnet in den Anführer ihrer Gegner. Aber was soll's: Gefühle kann man nicht beeinflussen, oder? Doch meint Benni es wirklich ernst?

 
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Fortuna Girls - Das Spiel beginnt!

Baumhaus | Fortuna Girls


Felicitas will Profifußballerin werden. Aber in ihrer neuen Heimatstadt gibt es weit und breit kein Mädchenteam. Dort regieren die "Unrentables" - eine hochnäsige Jungstruppe, die nichts davon hält, dass Felicitas Fußball spielt.

Das lässt sie sich nicht gefallen und stellt aus ihren neuen Freundinnen ein Team zusammen. Ob die Fortuna Girls es schaffen, die "unschlagbaren" Jungs vom Thron zu stoßen?

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"So ist die Reihe ein multimediales Rundumpaket, das inhaltlich eine freche, aber sympathische Heldin vorweist, die mit Talent, Ehrgeiz und Spaß ihr Glück - die Fortuna-Girls - findet." Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (zu Band 1 und 2), 27.08.2015

"Genau das Richtige für fußballbegeisterte Mädchen" Uwe Badouin, Oberhessische Presse, 22.05.2015

"Das Buch ist flott geschrieben und sollte auch Jungs Spaß machen" Südkurier, 10.06.2015

 
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