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Free Throw

By Jacqueline Guest

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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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When his mother remarries, suddenly everything changes for Matthew Eagletail: new school, new father, five annoying new sisters, even a smelly new dog. Worst of all, if he wants to play basketball again, he'll have to play for the Bandits—and against his old team.


Winner - American Indian Youth Literature Award for Best Middle School Book - 2012

Winner - Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature - 2012

Commended - Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection - 1999

"This book is very well written and is truly enjoyable. I found that I learned a great deal about the game of basketball as a result of reading this book. The main character is believable and one can easily relate to the problems he was encountering."

- Shannon Danylko Resource Links

"This well-written story has a very contemporary feel. Guest has a good understanding of teenage angst and the emotions that motivate a teenager in Matt's circumstances...
highly recommended."

- Lisa Arsenault Canadian Book Review Annual

"The characters are well-drawn and I, for one, would like meet them again..."

- The Guardian

"Interesting reading... the book is interesting in that a native Canadian is the central character... highly recommended"

- Audrey Cormier Canadian Materials

JACQUELINE GUEST is a Metis writer who lives in Bragg Creek, Alberta. She is the author of 10 previous Lorimer novels, including Hat Trick, Free Throw, Rookie Season, and A Goal in Sight, which are Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice selections, and the SideStreets novels Lightening Rider, Racing Fear and At Risk. A Goal in Sight was also nominated for a Golden Eagle Award.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 27th June 2012
ISBN: 9781552776872

Binding: Paperback, 176 pages
Publication Date: 15th February 2011
ISBN: 9781552776865
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Hardback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9781550286656
Format: 7.75in x 5in

BISAC Code:  JUV013080, JUV039060
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 09 To 13
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 4.7
Lexile Reading Level: 780L


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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'!"
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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.