Selling Points: Hockey, sabotage
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2006
Lexile Level: HL700L
Fry Reading Level: 3.0
Fiction Ages 10+
The crowd kept roaring, and Jason now had his shoulder pads off. A single cockroach dropped from the shoulder pads and landed between his skates.
Jason threw the shoulder pads and, without waiting for them to land, peeled off his torn black T-shirt.
I nearly lost the hamburgers I had eaten a couple hours earlier. At least three cockroaches were crawling on Jason's belly, their antennas quivering in all directions.
At 17, star defenseman Craig McElhaney likes his chances of making it as a pro hockey player. Yet, a string of recent "accidents" threatens to knock his team out of the playoffs and ruin his promising career. Craig has begun to question how many "accidents" can happen before they become more than a coincidence. But it's not a good time for questions. Not in the spotlight of high-pressure hockey. Not when the team needs him most. And not when he has some important lessons to learn about life. For Craig, however, there is no choice. Unless the questions are answered, the team's season and his promising career will surely end.
TeensReadToo.com - January 1, 2007
"Written in a fast-paced style and at a comfortable reading level."
CCBC Our Choice, commended
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended
ALA Popular Paperbacks , long-listed
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