Murphy & Mousetrap

  • Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:racism, soccer, family, friendship, characters are First Nations
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  • Pub Date:04/01/2005
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • ATOS:4.2
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:O
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Murphy's mother has just moved him and their cat, Mousetrap, back to the reserve in Port Alberni. Although he belongs to the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, Murphy is sure that he won't fit in, and he worries about Mousetrap, who has always been an indoor cat. When a bunch of local boys drag him to their soccer practice, put him in goal and pelt him with balls, he believes that his worst fear has come true. However, he seems to be discovering a new talent at the same time. And perhaps he has misjudged. Being a light-skinned city boy thrust onto a reserve far from the city is not easy, but maybe Murphy has what it takes.