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The Playmaker

By Alex O'Brien

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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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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.

"Well-written, with an exciting action-driven plot and plenty of hockey lingo, it will be sure to engage not only the expected hockey enthusiasts, but also those looking to branch out to the sports novel genre."

- Nicole Rowlinson Resource Links

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.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 5th February 2019
ISBN: 9781459413955
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 128 pages
Publication Date: 5th February 2019
ISBN: 9781459413962
Format: EPUB

BIC Code: YFB, YFR, YXC, YXL, YXN
BISAC Code:  JUV023000, JUV024000, JUV032110, JUV039120, JUV039140, JUV039230
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 10 To 13
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 2.2
Lexile Reading Level: 640L

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  • Award-winning authors who know their sport

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