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Orca Young Readers
Yossi's Goal
By (author): Ellen Schwartz
9781551434926 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Canada / Post-Confederation Montreal Sep 01, 2006
$7.95 CAD
Active 5 x 7.5 x 0.3 in 144 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
Chocolate Lily nominee 2007, Short-listed Silver Birch nominee 2007, Short-listed CCBC Our Choice 2007, Commended
Yossi dreams of playing hockey—but he has no skates.

Yossi Mendelsohn works hard to help his family survive after they flee Russia to find a better life in Montreal. He sells newspapers and carries bundles from the garment factory. Yossi longs to play "le hockey" with the French boys, but he has no skates. When his father falls ill and his sister and her fiancé organize a walkout at the factory, Yossi's dream of lacing on skates seems farther away than ever.

Ellen Schwartz is the author of over fifteen books. In addition to writing books, she has published dozens of magazine articles and adult short stories, and her stories for children have been published in children's magazines and teaching anthologies. Ellen, whose background is in education, currently works as a corporate and curriculum writer and editor, and teaches creative writing classes at Simon Fraser University and Douglas College. Ellen has two daughters and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit

"Boys will enjoy this engaging fast-paced novel...Schwartz does an admirable job of presenting a complex topic in a brief novel for younger or struggling readers. Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

"Can be used when one needs an immigration story to suggest to boys." - AJL Newsletter

"Believable, engrossing and provides numerous opportunities for exploring the difficulties of immigrants." - Canadian Teacher Magazine

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