Free Throw

by Jacqueline Guest

Matthew Eagletail was happy with life until his mother remarried. Now he must get used to a new school, a new father, five pesky new sisters, and a dog named Precious.
Matthew Eagletail is the star player for the Warriors, his basketball team on the Tsuu T'ina First Nation near Calgary.
When his mother remarries, everything in Matthew's life is suddenly different and new: a new school, a new father, five pesky new sisters, a new dog named Precious. Worst of all, he has to quit the Warriors. When he's asked to join his new school's team, the Bandits, he claims he'll never play for the competition. His sister Jazz thinks otherwise, and sets out to prove it.
Free Throw is the story of how one young man come to terms with change and returns to the court--with a little help from his friends. [Fry Reading Level - 4.7

About the Author

JACQUELINE GUEST is a Metis writer who lives in Bragg Creek, Alberta. She is the author of 10 previous Lorimer novels, including Hat Trick, Free Throw, Rookie Season, and A Goal in Sight, which are Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice selections, and the SideStreets novels Lightening Rider, Racing Fear and At Risk. A Goal in Sight was also nominated for a Golden Eagle Award.

Reviews

"This well-written story has a very contemporary feel. Guest has a good understanding of teenage angst and the emotions that motivate a teenager in Matt's circumstances...
highly recommended."
Lisa Arsenault, Canadian Book Review Annual
"This book is very well written and is truly enjoyable. I found that I learned a great deal about the game of basketball as a result of reading this book. The main character is believable and one can easily relate to the problems he was encountering."
Shannon Danylko, Resource Links
"The characters are well-drawn and I, for one, would like meet them again..."
The Guardian

Awards

American Indian Youth Literature Award for Best Middle School Book
2012
Burt Award for First Nations, MΓ©tis and Inuit Literature
2013
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection
1999

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