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Juice
By author: Eric Walters
Selling Points: football, steroids, ethics
ISBN: 9781551433516
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2005
Lexile Level: HL610L
Fry Reading Level: 2.9
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 12+
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $9.95
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What happens between you and me stays here. It's nobody's business but ours."
"But isn't using steroids sort of like cheating?" I asked.
"It would be if you were the only one doing it. Half the kids on the line who are standing across from you, trying to block you, are on the juice. We're just trying to give you what you need to even up the score.

When a Division One coach comes to their smaller school to bring the football program up to contender status, Moose and the rest of the players on the team are pumped. Coach Barnes has new ideas and a vision for the future—nothing is too good for his players. With a new training regimen, everything seems to be on a winning track. But when Moose and others are offered steroids, tempers start to fray and the teammates have to decide whose side they are on. Juice is a compelling story about the pressures and temptations that are faced by many in the competitive world of high-school athletics.


Canadian Children's Literature - September 1, 2008
"Young readers will appreciate the way the narrative offers an inside look at how doping in sports actually works, even as they come to learn the lesson."
Resource Links - September 1, 2005
"Walters has done it again. He has created a world that readers will instantly recognize and become engaged in...Highly recommended."
VOYA - August 1, 2005
"A fast-paced page-turner...Boys or any reluctant reader will love this story."
KLIATT - July 1, 2005
"Juice will be a hit with fans of sports fiction...A quick, well written and realistic read."
Quill & Quire - June 1, 2005
"Juice is an easy read and there is a helpful downloadable teacher’s guide on the Orca website. Walters’ punchy writing style keeps the story moving along."
CM Magazine - May 27, 2005
"Would certainly be of interest to any athletic high school boy involved in team sports and who may have had to deal with similar issues...Recommended."
Hip Librarians' Book Blog - May 1, 2005
"Opportunities for discussion abound...Drama and action are balanced well and the author avoids a heavy-handed moral tone."
by: Chris DeVito, CD Syndicated - April 20, 2005
"Walters' characters have the energy and urgency of real kids with nice role-model nuances; you really care about them and their predicaments."

Awards

CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2006
Tayshas List, commended  US  2007
ALA Popular Paperbacks, long-listed  US  2007
ALA Popular Paperbacks , long-listed  US  2008

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