Out of Bounds

by Sylvia Gunnery

Jay must switch schools after a house fire. He must either give up the basketball season or play alongside his rival at his new school.

Jay Hirtle plays on the basketball team at Richmond Academy in a small rural Nova Scotian town. The team to beat is Centreville, where star player Mike Murphy is seen as Richmond's number one opponent. After the Hirtle house is destroyed by fire, Jay's family moves in with his grandfather and the kids must switch schools until the end of the school year. Jay has a choice: give up a basketball season, or play alongside his former enemy on the Centreville team.

About the Author

Sylvia Gunnery

Sylvia Gunnery
SYLVIA GUNNERY lives at Crescent Beach, Nova Scotia. The themes and characters of her acclaimed books for young teens have grown out of her experiences as a junior and senior high teacher, as have the workshops in her education publications. Sylvia Gunnery was presented with the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence in 1998.


"It is refreshing for a book to deal with a realistic situation in an honest way without glossing things over in a make-believe perfect way."
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"Out of Bounds on-court action is appealing for sports enthusiasts. Students who have had to change schools will understand Jay's struggles. Also readers will easily relate to Jay's sense of betrayal concerning his friends. Younger middle-years readers and reluctant readers who enjoy sports books will enjoy this book. Recommended."
CM: Canadian Review of Materials


Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection
Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award

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