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Taking the Lead
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Taking the Lead

By Karen Spafford-Fitz

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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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As captain of his school track and field team, Jonas runs only to win. His specialty is the 100-metre sprint. When the team's first track meet does not go as he hoped, Jonas turns his anger on his teammates. He ends up in the office, where the principal also notices that Jonas has failed to complete his required volunteer work. She kicks him off the team and strips him of his captaincy, but later makes him a deal: Jonas can compete at the final track met if he finishes his volunteer hours. To do so, he must train Darien, a vision and mobility impaired teen, for a 5k race. Through working with Darien, Jonas gains a new appreciation for his sport and for what it means to be a true winner.


Commended - Starred Selection - Best Books for Kids & Teens - Canadian Children's Book Centre - 2020 -

"Fast paced and believable and would be of special interest to students, boys in particular, who find reading larger novels to be a chore." - 4/5

- Janet Johnson CM: Canadian Review of Materials

KAREN SPAFFORD-FITZ is the author of six books for children and teens, including the Lorimer SideStreets novels Push Back and Saving Grad, both named Resource Links' Year's Best. An avid runner, Karen has coached elementary and junior high students in cross-country running and in track and field. She recently ran a leg of a half marathon with a differently-abled athlete in a pushcart. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 3rd September 2019
ISBN: 9781459414631
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Hardback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 2020
ISBN: 9781459414655
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 128 pages
Publication Date: 6th August 2019
ISBN: 9781459414648
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV032210, JUV039150
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 10 To 13


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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.