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By Lorna Schultz Nicholson

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Series: Lorimer Podium Sports Academy

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Fresh off the plane from Vancouver, sixteen-year-old hockey player Aaron Wong is excited to be starting his first year at Podium, the Calgary school for top teen athletes. Aaron has to make friends and fit in at a new high school, while also adjusting to a new home and a family with a different culture than his own. Luckily, he finds a tight-knit group of friends who are elite athletes in their own sports to help show him the ropes.

Things seem to be going well for the rookie -- but the hockey team captain has it in for him. Aaron's world is turned upside down when the captain makes him the target of a brutal hazing at the team's first party. To turn his year around, Aaron has to overcome his embarrassment about the incident and confide in friends and coaching staff.

[Fry reading level - 3.0


Commended - Best Books for Kids & Teens -- Canadian Children's Book Centre - 2012

"Carrie and Aaron are believable, sympathetic characters dealing with realistic situations that many teens can relate to. Their interactions with friends and family ring true, and the balance between school and sports is well done. Nicholson writes with a deft touch that will appeal to many readers"

- Sister's Library

"this short novel has plenty to say and says it in an involving way. The writing is accessible to high-school students reading below grade level."

- Booklist

"a perfect choice for the young reader in your life, especially if he or she is a reluctant reader"

- Joe Pelletier

"hi/lo books [that tackle difficult teen problems in an easy-to-read style"

- Kira Moody School Library Journal

"Rookie is an excellent book that I think all young adults should read when it comes to the topic of hazing...because she handles this topic so well, Lorna Schultz Nicholson deserves major accolades for this book."

- Hockey Blog in Canada

"The series promises to be a hit with both boys and girls, sports-minded or not, and will fill a need for sports fiction at the middle and senior years" Highly Recommended.

- Sherry Faller CM: Canadian Review of Materials

LORNA SCHULTZ NICHOLSON has written picture books, middle grade and YA fiction, and non-fiction. She has also written, produced, and hosted programs for television and radio, and is well known in Western Canada for her print journalism, including sports writing. Lorna regularly visits schools to share her passion for literacy with students. She lives in Edmonton with her husband and their two dogs.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 144 pages
Publication Date: 14th March 2012
ISBN: 9781459400245
Format: 8.5in x 5.5in

Binding: Hardback, 144 pages
Publication Date: 14th March 2012
ISBN: 9781459400252
Format: 8.5in x 5.5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 144 pages
Publication Date: 14th March 2012
ISBN: 9781459400269
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:, JUV032110, JUV039010, JUV039180, JUV039230
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 13 To 18
Lexile Reading Level: HL590L
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 3.0


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Podium Sports Academy

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Fast-paced hi/lo sports fiction

Series features

  • Ideal for reluctant readers
  • Recurring cast of multicultural boy and girl characters
  • Storylines include issues such as hazing, drug use, eating disorders
  • Sports focus on hockey, synchro swimming, lacrosse, soccer and basketball
  • Written by novelist and sports expert Lorna Schultz Nicholson

"These hi/lo books tackle difficult teen problems in an easy-to-read style"
School Library Journal

"Podium Sports Academy is a great concept. Take the pressures of a regular high school experience and dial them up tenfold"
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"a no-fear approach to writing about serious issues that have resonance with real life"
CM Magazine

Lorna Schultz Nicholson is an experienced sports writer. She is the bestselling author of several books in the Lorimer Sports Stories series for young readers. Her Podium Sports Academy series reflects the experiences of top ranked athletes and teens who have been billeted away from home to play sports at real-life elite sports high schools.