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By Steven Sandor

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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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Growing up above his parents' Chinese family restaurant in Sexsmith, Alberta, Warren Chen has always dreamed of being a football star. At 90 pounds and five feet tall, he's not exactly built like a linebacker, but even short kids from tiny towns have big dreams. At first the coach is reluctant to even let him try out, but soon he sees Warren's strengths -- he is small, slippery, and no one can catch him. Warren is named the team's new running back.

In their first game of the season, the Sexsmith Shamrocks face their biggest rivals, Grande Prairie. In a breathtaking dash along the sideline, Warren reaches the end zone to score the game-winning touchdown -- almost. But Warren celebrates anyway, and the referee buys it. Sexsmith's losing streak is broken, and Warren has proven himself worthy to be on the team, a genuine football star! But he knows it's not quite the truth, and sooner or later, someone will find out. Warren has to decide whether to come clean and cost his school the victory, or continue living the smalltown football dream.

"Sandor's experiences as a sportswriter and broadcaster are evident, creating an authentic basis for the story line. He effectively weaves strong life lessons about winning, losing, and fair play into Warren's story in a manner that is subtle and highly engaging."

- Booklist (U.S.)

"In a well-written and compelling story, Sandor quietly explores ideas on how important pro sports are to our world and how the win-at-all-costs attitude can have a negative effect on children."

- Wayne Arthurson GigCity.ca news magazine

"This is a well-written story about how sports can inform so many other areas of life, as Warren makes new friends, meets girls, and finds new common ground as he teaches his father about the game. Recommended for football fans, or anyone who wishes they knew more about the sport."

Rated G, good, even great at times, generally useful!

- Jaclyn McLean Resource Links

"the characters that readers encounter in Replay are refreshingly individual, and the story proceeds in a natural manner. . . the book shows the reader glimpses of many aspects of Warren's life: his relationship with his parents and sister, his work in the family restaurant, and his attitude in class and towards homework, all of which help readers to identify with Warren and follow his actions from a closer distance. Important themes in the book include teamwork, integrity, trying your best, responsibility, and (familial) love, which are all integrated into the story in such a way that the reader never feels preached at, or squirmy with embarrassment." Highly Recommended.

- Sae Yong Kim CM: Canadian Review of Materials

STEVEN SANDOR is a professional sportswriter and magazine editor. He is also a colour commentator for FC Edmonton broadcasts. He lives and writes in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 1st March 2013
ISBN: 9781459403819
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Hardback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 1st March 2013
ISBN: 9781459403826
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 1st March 2013
ISBN: 9781459403833
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:, JUV039220
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 10 To 13
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 3.5


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