by Robert Rayner
Soccer and comedy collide in this story of a New Brunswick co-ed team and their decision to get themselves kicked off the team - on purpose - to protest their principal's unrealistic new policies.
Fast-paced sports action novels that get kids reading.
Shay and his pal Toby are among the players on the school soccer team who fall foul of the "fair play contract" introduced by the new school administration. After being banned from playing on behalf of the school for the rest of the season, the dismissed players form their own unofficial team -- and become one of the top teams in the league. But will they be allowed to play in the championship game? Based on a true incident, Suspended is a story about determination and true sportsmanship. [Fry Reading Level - 4.5
About the Author
ROBERT RAYNER is a former elementary school principal. He worked as a journalist in Cambridge, England before turning to education. His books featuring the kids of Brunswick Valley include Walker's Runners, nominated for the Ann Conner Brimer Award, Just for Kicks and Falling Star, both Hackmatack Award nominees, and the Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books selections Suspended and Little's Losers.
Just for KicksA friendly soccer match becomes serious and less fun when adults get involved. It's up to the kids to reclaim the spirit of the sport.$16.95, HardcoverInterest ages: 10-13Reading level: Grade 4
Lizzie has just been named captain of the soccer team - the boys' soccer team, that is. She never dreamed anything like this would happen when she asked if the boys and girls could play on the same team.$9.95, PaperbackInterest ages: 10-13Reading level: Grade 4
Foul PlayRemy and Alison play on rival soccer teams. When Remy finds out Alison has a special plan to beat Remy's team in the tournament, she becomes convinced that Alison will sabotage her team's players.$16.95, HardcoverInterest ages: 10-13Reading level: Grade 3
RoughingJosh is off to an elite hockey camp for the summer, where he shares a room with Peter, a talented player from the Northwest Territories. Peter is skilled enough to give Kevin, the star junior player, some serious competition, which creates trouble on and off the ice.$16.95, HardcoverInterest ages: 9-13
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