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Orca Book Publishers Jan-June 2018

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By (author): Sonya Spreen Bates
Sonya Spreen Bates


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 7, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Jan 23, 2018
$10.95 CAD


7in x 4.25 x 0.5 in | 140 gr

Page Count:

176 pages
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Track & Field
North America
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2018, Commended
  • Short Description
In this high-interest sports novel for teens, Leon is devastated after an injury gets him bumped off the relay team.
Leon's future is no longer certain.

Everyone expected Leon Kline, anchor for the 4x100 sprint relay, to secure Gilburn High's spot in the record books. But a freak accident on the final stretch changes everything. Suddenly his future is gone. No more running, no scholarship, no college. But then he meets sassy and straight-talking Casey De Vries, and life doesn't look quite so bleak. She even gets him running again. He can't sprint anymore, but he can handle longer distances. As he gets to know Casey better, he realizes that something is not quite right. How can he help her if she won't tell him what’s going on?

Sonya Spreen Bates is a Canadian writer living in South Australia. She grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, where she obtained a degree in linguistics from the University of Victoria. She then studied speech-language pathology at Dalhousie University and has spent many years working with children with communication disorders. Sonya writes for children and adults and has been published in Australia and New Zealand as well as Canada.

"Sports fans will be drawn to the book by it's subject matter. The fully developed characters and story line packs a punch." - School Library Journal

"Spreen Bates deftly takes the reader through the ups and downs of growing up. She expertly portrays real life struggles without making them too cliché. Moreover, in Leon Kline, we have found a character for whom the reader is willing to root." - CM Magazine

"This is a solid book with contemporary themes and it works well…Leon is well fleshed out as a character." - Resource Links

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