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Fast Finish

By Bill Swan

$16.95 Hardback
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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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Noah Meyers is a fast runner--faster than all his friends, faster than the bullies who wait for him outside his school.
When he's asked to train with the Clarington Vikings in Oshawa he jumps at the chance, eager to focus on something other than his father's recent death. Soon after he qualifies for provincial finals, however, tragedy threatens to strike again, and Noah has to summon all his courage to stay on track.
Fast Finish is the engaging story of a young athlete who overcomes a tragic past in order to succeed.

"This book is ideal for young running enthusiasts who are interested in training and racing. Using detailed descriptions of actual events in real locations ... the author successfully depicts authentic experiences. Moreover, Fast Finish has merit beyond the scope of a sports story.... William Swan's writing is first rate, and this preteen novel is a fine addition to the commendable Sports Stories series.... Highly recommended."

- Deborah Dowson Canadian Book Review Annual

"The novel should appeal to children who like sports stories and want happy satisfying endings in a fairly easy to read format."

- Meredith MacKeen Resource Links

"Rarely do two passions come together so sweetly as they have for Bill Swan who has combined his passion for writing and distance running, to come up with a new novel for a junior audience."

- Jacquie McInnes Oshawa Community Paper

"The novel should appeal to children who like sports stories and want happy satisfying endings in a fairly easy to read format."

- Meredith MacKeen Resource Links

Fast Finish is a book about courage...highly recommended.

- Stephanie Yamniuk Canadian Review of Materials

"Fast Finish is the story of a young boy who likes to run. But, when the reader first meets Noah Meyers, he is running away from two class bullies. As the story unfolds, he learns the skills of a middle-distance runner. Along the way, he also learns how to deal with the death of his father and faces the illness of his coach and mentor."

- Canadian Statesman

"From the first chapter it is obvious that this book moves beyond a simple retelling of a sports activity. It is about a real child, living in our real and complex world while participating in the sport of running."

- Margot Griffin Regina Leader-Post

"Introducing your son to books like Fast Finish by William Swan, which is part of the Sports Series for readers eight to 13, can be a winning solution. From the first chapter it is obvious that this book moves beyond a simple retelling of a sports activity. It is about a real child, living in our real and complex world while participating in the sport of running. That is why children like your son will like it, at his age they know what is real and can't be fooled. By beginning to read this series your son will find books he likes, easily, great sport stories and real lessons in the game of life."

- Margo Griffin Regina Leader Post

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Publication Details:

Binding: Hardback, 117 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9781550286410
Format: 7.75in x 5in

BISAC Code:  4.0.2.0.9.2.0
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 9 To 13

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