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Children's Fiction Soccer

Soccer Star!

by (author) Jacqueline Guest

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Jun 2012
Soccer, Soccer, General
Recommended Age
10 to 13
Recommended Grade
4 to 8
Recommended Reading age
7 to 10
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jun 2012
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2010
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2003
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Samantha Aqsarniq Keyes is used to a life on the move. Her military family has been transferred across Canada, and she's grown up with stories of her Inuit ancestors exploring the far north. For Sam, soccer has been the one constant in her life. But now that she's thirteen, her home base isn't the only thing that's changing.
Sam longs to show up Carly, her school's reigning soccer star, but Sam's new interest in theatre is taking up a lot of time. Does she have the time to practice her sport and be the lead in the school play? And just how far will she go to prove to her parents that she can handle more than one extracurricular activity?
Soccer Star! is a novel about big ambitions and tough choices.

About the author

Award-winning author JACQUELINE GUEST is the author of numerous Lorimer novels, including the Arthur Ellis Award nominee Wild Ride and A Goal in Sight, which was shortlisted for a Golden Eagle Children's Choice Book Award. Many of her novels have also been Canadian Children's Centre Our Choice selections including the SideStreets novel At Risk, and the Sports Stories novels Hat Trick, Free Throw, and Soccer Star. Jacqueline Guest lives in Bragg Creek, Alberta.

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Soccer Star!

After supporting a variety of short-lived interests, Samantha Aqsarniq Keyes’ parents have limited her to only one and soccer is her activity of choice. Moving to a new military base after the season has started means she is too late to join the team so she tries out for the school drama production. When her parents pull strings and buy her new cleats so she can play soccer, it is too late to tell them she also has the lead in the school play. With the strength of her Inuk grandmother’s stories and her inuksuk talisman, Sam struggles to meet her obligations to both her team and the play and to keep her drama secret. Although she pulls it off in the end, she still has to face the consequences of her lies and excuses. Both Sam and her parents learn some important lessons.

Part of the Lorimer Sports Stories series, this is a Canadian Children’s Book Centre choice. Guest is a Métis author.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2009-2010.

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