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A Different Game
By author: Sylvia Olsen
Selling Points: Soccer, cancer, friendship, First Nations, indigenous
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2010
Pages: 136
Fiction Ages 8-11
Price:  $3.99
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For-mi-da-ble: inspiring respect or wonder because of size, strength or ability
   "Formidable," Murphy says to his cat, Mousetrap. "The Formidable Four. That's us, MT. What do you think about that?"

In this sequel to Murphy and Mousetrap, Murphy and his three friends, Danny, Jeff and Albert, are making the transition from the tribal elementary school to the community middle school. They are all trying out for the middle school's soccer team, and they're pretty confident that The Formidable Four will all make the team. But once the tryouts begin, Albert, the tribal-school superstar, plays like a second stringer. Murphy's new friend, Molly, is determined to help the boys find out what's wrong with Albert, but when they discover the truth, they realize that Albert is playing a whole different game.
FernFolio blog - December 10, 2010
"Part of the terrific Orca Young Readers collection, A Different Game is the story of four boys who strive to make their school's soccer team only to discover that sometimes you get call[ed] up to play in a bigger game, and that life, like soccer, is better when it's a team effort...A solid, well-crafted story with strong, likable characters that will appeal to readers from Grade 3 up."
Resource Links - October 1, 2010
"A novel of courage and achievement told from the point of view of four native youths who must learn to cope with life off the reserve and their friend's illness…Many life lessons are taught with meaningful thematic messages, values and spirit…Highly recommended for primary/junior male readers both for recreational reading and for literature circles or discussion groups."

Awards

Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2010
Silver Birch Express Award nominee, runner-up  CA  2011
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2011

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