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Playing Favourites
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Playing Favourites

By Trevor Kew

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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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Gavin and his friends Mido and Critter are starting high school this year, which means moving from a school with a championship-winning soccer team to a school that doesn't have a team at all. With a little encouragement from his friends and granddad, a former "footballer" from England, Gavin musters up his courage and makes a deal with the school football coach -- he agrees to let the soccer team share the field while the football team practices, but Gavin will be responsible for running the team. With a newbie team made up of misfits and kids just out to have a good time, Gavin soon learns that being a good coach isn't the same as being a good player.

[Fry reading level - 3.0


Commended - A Junior Library Guild Selection - 2013

Commended - Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Selection - 2013

"with authentic real-life situations and realistic soccer scenes, Playing Favourites stands well as a story of friendship and sportsmanship." Recommended.

- Yahong Chi CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"This is a perfect novel for youth with an interest in does a perfect job at getting sports fans interested in reading." Rated G, good, even great at times

- Michael Rogowski Resource Links

"Gavin and his mates start high school and are dismayed to discover that the entire soccer program has been dropped. With permission but no help from the football coach, they organize a squad themselves. There are all kinds of issues: Gavin's profound lack of coaching skills, the incompetence of various teammates or their refusal to be team players, cheating opponents, and seemingly blind officials. The soccer action is truncated to highlights and lows, but there are enough of both to please the most rabid fans, as the team goes from zero to hero in classic Bad News Bears fashion."

- Booklist Online

TREVOR KEW is an English teacher and enthusiastic soccer goalkeeper. He is also the author of six Lorimer Sports Stories novels, including Run for Your Life, Bench Brawl, and Trading Goals. Trevor grew up in B.C. and now lives and works in Japan.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 144 pages
Publication Date: 12th September 2012
ISBN: 9781459402560
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Hardback, 144 pages
Publication Date: 12th September 2012
ISBN: 9781459402577
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 144 pages
Publication Date: 12th September 2012
ISBN: 9781459402584
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:, JUV005000, JUV039060
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 9 To 13


Similar titles:
Bench Brawl

Run for Your Life

Trading Goals



Sport Stories

Sports Stories Series

High interest sports fiction

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Series features

  • Gripping, action-packed stories
  • Short, high-interest fiction
  • Contemporary themes and Canadian settings
  • Award-winning authors who know their sport

"A winning series... designed to attract reluctant readers as well as provide recreational reading for children who are interested in stories about sports."
- National Library of Canada

"Lorimer is obviously succeeding with this series of action-driven novels which encourage young readers to 'Get in the Game'!"
- Resource Links

Kids who love sports love these books, and so do teachers. When you put one of these into a young sports fan's hands, you can feel confident they will enjoy reading.