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Sudden Impact
By author: Lesley Choyce
Selling Points: "Illness, loyalty, organ transplants"
ISBN: 9781551434766
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2005
Lexile Level: HL570L
Fry Reading Level: 3.3
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $9.95
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The heavy fullback went down right on top of him. I heard this terrifying scream come out of Kurt. Kurt was not usually a screamer. I'd never heard him utter the slightest whimper of pain, ever. He was as tough as they come.

A whistle blew. The ball had missed the net. Nobody knew what I knew. I was over the rickety fence and running onto the field. The referee pulled the Fairview goon off of Kurt, but Kurt was still curled over on the grass.

Coach Kenner yelled at me to get off the field. He and Jason both came chasing after me. They thought I'd lost my mind. A kid falls down in a soccer game, big deal. But I knew better.
When Kurt is hurt in a soccer game and ends up in the hospital Tina tries to help him, but nobody will tell her what is wrong, and Kurt's parents don't want her around. Tina learns that Kurt needs a donor with a rare blood type, and she finds a match in Kurt's soccer rival Jason. Jason agrees to donate his blood to Kurt, but when Kurt disappears from the hospital, the situation becomes desperate. Then Kurt's rival is in a tragic accident that may change everything.
CM Magazine - January 6, 2006
"Sudden Impact is just as its titles says - a hard-hitting story that will stay with you long after you close the book. Recommended."

Awards

Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2006
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2006

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