Empty Net
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Empty Net

By David Starr

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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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Fourteen-year-old Madeline Snow is the star goalie and captain of her girls rep hockey team in Burnaby, British Columbia. So when her RCMP sergeant father moves the family to his new posting in Fort St. James, a remote town in northern BC, she feels like she is losing a lot.

In her new town Maddie is more unhappy than ever. Things begin to turn around when she discovers she has made the town's only Bantam team, a boys team called the Stars, but since they have a skilled goalie in Connor Spencer, Maddie wonders if she will ever get to play.

When Connor dies in a car accident, Maddie is overwhelmed with sadness and guilt for having thought that only if Connor were hurt would she get to play. But Maddie has become part of the community, and her friends and the natural surroundings in Fort St. James help her to find the focus she needs to fill the net that Connor's death has left empty.

Starr creates a world that is easy to enter, and keeps the reader engaged through strong descriptions to support visualizing, clues, and cliffhangers to encourage making predictions and asking questions. Great for sports enthusiasts, struggling readers, or as a read aloud.

- Canadian Teacher

Empty Net is a story about coping with change — from small changes to big changes to life‑shattering changes, and there is a lesson to be learned in each occurrence that Maddie goes through. The overarching themes of change and loss provide a lot of material for use in discussion in a classroom or assignment.

- CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"It takes the reader into the net with Maddie and shows how she does what she does without sacrificing Maddie the person."

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DAVID STARR is an author and high school principal. He has written two books in Lorimer's Soccer United: Team Refugee series, Golden Goal and Golden Game. He set Empty Net in Fort St. James, the small town in northern British Columbia where he grew up and played hockey himself. David lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 4th September 2018
ISBN: 9781459413603
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 128 pages
Publication Date: 21st August 2018
ISBN: 9781459413610
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV024000, JUV030090, JUV032110, JUV039030
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 10 To 13
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 3.5
Lexile Reading Level: 670L


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