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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 176
Themes: Hockey, steroid use, loyalty
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2010
Fry Reading Level: 3.1
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Lauren Cross is the first female player on a WHL team -- goaltender Joseph Larken's team, the Spokane Chiefs. For Joseph, the prospect of a season in the publicity shadow of a new female goalie promises to be a nightmare. Hiding behind a carefully built wall of anger, Joseph is relieved when a scandal knocks Lauren off the teamÖuntil he begins to believe she was framed.

Puget Sound Council - September 1, 2009
"Brouwer combines the themes of teen issues, relationships, drugs, and disillusionment with parents and sports into a high adventure with ethical decisions looming."
Resource Links - October 1, 2008
"What makes this book worth reading, especially if you are a hockey fan, is that Brouwer's main character is a goalie... AND he is in competition for the number one spot on his team with a girl!"
CM Magazine - June 1, 2008
"Compelling…readers of sports and mystery novels will enjoy this high-interest story…Highly recommended."

Awards

CCBC Best Books  | 2009 | Commended