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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 0
Themes: special needs, hockey, crisis
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2012
Fry Reading Level: 2.0
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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?

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