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edition:Hardcover
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category: Children's Fiction
published: Nov 2004
ISBN:9781550288537
publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
imprint: Lorimer

Deflection!

by Bill Swan

tagged: humorous stories
Description

Fast-paced sports action novels that get kids reading.

Jake and his two best friends play road hockey together and are members of the same league team. But some personal rivalries and interference from Jake's three all-too-supportive grandfathers start to create tension among the players. The kids must resolve their differences and learn to work together again if their team is to win a city championship. Deflection! is a humorous take on the pros of teamwork and the pitfalls of well-intentioned adult intervention. [Fry Reading Level - 3.4

About the Author

Bill Swan

BILL SWAN has worked as a journalism teacher, editor, and newspaper columnist. His first three novels, Fast Finish, Mud Run, and Off Track, are highly recommended by CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials. Mud Run was nominated for the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award. He is also the author of Corner Kick. He lives in Courtice, Ontario, with his wife and daughter.
Contributor Notes

BILL SWAN has worked as a journalism teacher, editor and newspaper columnist. His first three novels, Fast Finish, Mud Run, and Off Track are highly recommended by CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials. Mud Run was nominated for a Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award. He is also the author of Corner Kick. He lives in Courtice, Ontario with his wife and daughter.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 13
Grade:
4 to 8
Reading age:
7 to 10
Awards
  • Winner, Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection
Editorial Reviews

"Interference from a loving family, rivalry between good friends ... are woven into the action of the game. Young readers with a passion for hockey will enjoy this story, but it may hold a particular appeal for boys."

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"In Deflection!, Bill Swan captures the excitement, confusion and frustration of being a young person while, at the same time, managing to tell an exhilarating story about a hockey team. ... Refreshingly, Swan writes the story with accessible yet exciting language, and he does it in such a way that the plot is exhilarating."

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Swan has taken hockey back to his roots and shown it is still a game that involves whole families while combing fun and passion. I recommend this for young people who aim for excellence in any field."

— Managing Partner, Erie Otters and holder of two World Junior Championship Gold Rings

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