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Free Throw

By Jacqueline Guest

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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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Matthew Eagletail is the star player for the Warriors, his basketball team on the Tsuu T'ina First Nation near Calgary.

When his mother remarries, everything in Matthew's life is suddenly different and new: a new school, a new father, five pesky new sisters, a new dog named Precious. Worst of all, he has to quit the Warriors. When he's asked to join his new school's team, the Bandits, he claims he'll never play for the competition. His sister Jazz thinks otherwise, and sets out to prove it.

Free Throw is the story of how one young man come to terms with change and returns to the court--with a little help from his friends. [Fry Reading Level - 4.7]

Awards

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

Short-listed - Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature - 2013

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

"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

"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

"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
Format: EPUB

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:  4.0.2.0.1.0.0, JUV032020
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 10 To 13
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 4.7
Lexile Reading Level: 780L

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