Going Places

  • Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:hockey, discrimination, mystery, girls in sports, girls playing hockey
  • Pub Date:10/01/2008
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Lexile:670L
  • ATOS:4.4
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:P
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Twelve-year-old Jess and her friends have been playing hockey with the boys in Fort Desperation, Northwest Territories, since they were six years old. They'd like to start a girls' team in their community, but is tiny Fort Desperation ready for it? Somebody is trying to scare them off through acts of vandalism. Not only do Jess and her friends have to organize a team, find a coach and learn to play together, they have to unmask the Hockey Vandal. Can they do it before the Vandal destroys their team's hopes?
"An inspiring story about achieveing goals, finding pride, and building community. Absolutely delightful."
– Carol Morin on CBC News: Northbeat
"There's a strong sense of community, and of place...Accessible, and a good balance of sports and mystery."
– Elisabeth Reads blog
"A terrific read... Not only is this a well-written book with a good plot, it is a lot of fun...Jess's views and her day-to-day life alone make this an interesting book to read. Add hockey and a mystery, and what more can kids in this age group want? Highly Recommended."
– CM Magazine
"Canadian content for young readers! Tremendously written...Young readers will learn about team work, cooperation, competition, success and failure."
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