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Maxed Out
By author: Daphne Greer
Selling Points: "Special needs, hockey, crisis"
ISBN: 9781554699810
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2012
Fry Reading Level: 2.0
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $9.95
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I can hear them. It's like I'm right there. I probably know who just scored.

More than anything, twelve-year-old Max wants to play hockey like he used to. But since the death of his dad, his mom does more crying than mothering, and Max has to take his special-needs brother, Duncan, with him everywhere he goes. The team needs Max to win the upcoming game against the Red Eagles, but one practice with Duncan makes it evident that it's not safe to leave him unattended on the sidelines. With only a week to figure out how he can play in the big game, Max is feeling the pressure. Will he find a way to be a good teammate, a good brother and a good son, or is it too much for one kid?

Tacoma Public School District - July 6, 2014
"A touching, well-told story of adolescence being usurped by caring for a special needs brother and a grieving mom...A well written, sensitive book that not only offers resolution to the storyline, but supporting information in the author’s notes (back of the book) to access organizations that offer assistance."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - May 15, 2012
"This short novel delivers with a story that is both interesting and realistic."
School Library Journal - May 1, 2012
"The boy's relationship with his family will hold readers' attention. This book would make a good purchase for large libraries or those that have heavily used reluctant-reader collections."
CM Magazine - April 6, 2012
"A realistic portrayal of a family rocked by the sudden death of their husband and father. Targeted at 10- to 13-year olds, this novel does an excellent job of layering the stresses and tensions of Max's world...Greer delivers a well-written, engaging novel for preteens who will be drawn in by the apparent sports focused cover and the sports related theme but who will ultimately be exposed to a book that digs a little deeper and that turns out to tell a much more important story...Highly Recommended."
Resource Links - April 1, 2012
"Greer has some nice turns of phrase...[and] the closing scene in the novel is heart-warming and well written."
Booklist - March 1, 2012
"Greer tells this story with genuine empathy as Max copes with his mom and brother, protects Duncan from a local bully, and sneaks in some fun with Ian. The resolution may be quick but is not too pat for credibility. Another fine entry in the Orca Currents line that will engage reluctant readers without talking down to them or sounding stilted."


YALSA Quick Picks nominee, short-listed  US  2013


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