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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 192
Themes: lacrosse, box lacrosse, brothers, competition, sibling rivalry, scholarships, cheating, rumors, mystery, sabotage
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2014
Fry Reading Level: 3.8
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Fifteen-year-old Nick Carver is tired of living in his older brother's shadow. Markus is the lacrosse team hero, love interest of Nick's longtime crush and now the recipient of a prestigious scholarship from the Philston Weiks Academy.

When a mistake at provincials results in Markus's goal being discounted, rumors start going around school that he cheated. Suddenly, Philston Weiks is "rethinking" Markus's scholarship offer. They've also invited other players, including Nick, to try out for Markus's spot. Nick is flattered but conflicted. He's pretty sure his brother didn't cheat. But can he prove it? And if he does, will he ruin his one chance to finally be in the spotlight?

CM Magazine
"Fast-paced action, strong characterization, short paragraphs, and relatively simple vocabulary produce a smoothly executed...read. Nick’s voice is strong, and his love of sport, desire to excel, and sense of fair play are well-expressed...An enjoyable read that is well constructed, and it will likely find its audience among sports lovers and reluctant readers."
Publishers Weekly
"McIsaac’s blend of suspense, sports action, and realistic drama keeps the story moving in the hallways, in the locker room, and during game play."
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"[An] enjoyable, fast-paced story...with relatable characters and a believable storyline..Highly recommended."
Quill & Quire
"McIsaac proves she can create engaging, high-impact fiction, bringing a necessary edginess to the lacrosse scenes and antagonism between the players."
Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee
"Action and suspense abound as the excitement of the lacrosse games is vividly described...Will engage and thrill lower-level readers and reluctant readers."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"An action packed read and sports fans will appreciate the play-by-play scenes of the games. Readers new to lacrosse will still be able to understand the basic game play and rules. The characters are believable and the fast paced book will hook readers."


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