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Playing for Keeps
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Playing for Keeps

By Steven Sandor

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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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Hockey rules in Branko Stimac's new hometown, where its star players get the royal treatment. Any other sport -- like soccer, where Branko excels -- is considered second-rate. This means the sacrifices Branko's Croatian immigrant father made so he can play in Canada go unnoticed, as does Branko's stellar goalkeeping.

When Branko makes it onto the Edmonton Select team as the second-string keeper, he keeps the accomplishment to himself, sure that no one in his home town will care. But then a video of one of his spectacular saves gets posted on a sports blog and goes viral. Suddenly Branko has more attention than he dreamed of.

[Fry reading level - 3.7]

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Commended - One of the Year's Best for 2012 -- Resource Links - 2012

"Author Sandor deals with these issues in an appealingly realistic manner"

- Lesley Little Resource Links

"An authentic portrayal of hockey versus soccer along with a convincing immigrant story mark Playing For Keeps as truly Canadian."

- Yahong Chi CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"a short, lively novel... This is a book about an Edmontonian soccer player and it provides an accurate reflection of that community"

- Benjamin Massey www.maple-leaf-forever.com

STEVEN SANDOR is a professional sportswriter and magazine editor in Edmonton, Alberta. His articles have appeared in Soccer 360 and Inside Soccer. He also runs The 11, an online soccer magazine, and is the colour commentator for FC Edmonton broadcasts.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 21st March 2012
ISBN: 9781459400689
Format: EPUB

Binding: Hardback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 21st March 2012
ISBN: 9781459400672
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 21st March 2012
ISBN: 9781459400665
Format: 7.75in x 5in

BISAC Code:  4.0.2.0.1.0.0, JUV032000, JUV032150, JUV039100
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 10 To 13
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 3.7
Lexile Reading Level: 680L

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