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The Playmaker

by Alex O'Brien

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list price: $12.95
edition:Paperback
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published: Feb 2019
ISBN:9781459413955
imprint: Lorimer
Description

With no team in rural Innisfil, Zoey tries out for Bantam girls team the Barrie Sharks. She makes the cut and, knowing that the income from her family's farm won't cover the fees, pushes herself to overcome her shyness and try to raise her own funding. Zoey's talent and eagerness on the ice impress Coach Mikom, team captain Tia, and goalie Anika. But her skills challenge rich Mel for prominence on the team. Teammate Kat makes Zoey embarrassed by her rural background, and Zoey's shame at her father's behaviour at a game gives a player on another team the opportunity to bully Zoey, make her lose her temper and interfere with her game.

About the Author

Alex O'Brien

ALEX O'BRIEN left a career in human resources to write novels, scripts, and songs. His writing has made him finalist and winner of several writing competitions and earned him a song publishing deal. Alex lives in Parry Sound, Ontario.
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Contributor Notes

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. This book was inspired by the years Alex spent watching his daughter play in the Ontario Women's Hockey Assocation Lower Lakes Female Hockey League and his son in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association's Eastern AAA Hockey League. Alex lives in Parry Sound, Ontario.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
10 to 13
Grade:
3
Reading age:
8 to 9
Editorial Reviews

O'Brien's sports writing is detailed and informative ... The Playmaker will definitely meet the reading requirements for hockey lovers.

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

This accessible, easy to read, fast-paced novel is highly recommended for readers who are athletes themselves, and for anyone looking for a realistic, relatable, strong but flawed female protagonist.

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