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published: April 2010
ISBN:9781554691692

A Different Game

by Sylvia Olsen

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soccer, diseases, illnesses & injuries, native canadian
5 of 5
2 ratings
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list price: $7.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: April 2010
ISBN:9781554691692
Description

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.

About the Author

Sylvia Olsen is the author of many books and has been nominated for and won numerous awards. She has spent most of her life living in theTsartlip First Nation, where her children and grandchildren now live. Sylvia usually writes for children and young adults about the place between cultures where Canada's First Nations and settlers come together. She is also a storyteller who loves to work with young people to help them find their written and spoken voice. Sylvia is the mother of four and grandmother of seven. She lives in North Saanich near Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.sylviaolsen.ca.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Runner-up, Silver Birch Express Award nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best"
Editorial Reviews

"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."

— Resource Links

"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."

— FernFolio blog

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Association of Book Publishers of BC
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A Different Game

In this Orca Young Reader and sequel to Murphy and Mousetrap, Murphy is a fair-haired Aboriginal boy facing a challenging transition from his comfortable Long Inlet Tribal School to middle school as a Grade Seven student. He and his three soccer-loving pals are all expected to make the provincial champion middle school soccer team. However, their superstar player begins playing and behaving poorly and the friends eventually learn that he has leukaemia. With the help of their devoted tribal coach, Uncle Rudy and a new middle school friend, Molly, the “Formidable Four” learn that the power of positive thinking, persistence and supportive relationships will help them through this trying time.

An extensive Teacher’s Guide is available on the publisher’s website. Olsen worked on the Tsartlip First Nations Reserve near Victoria, BC for almost 30 years. She has written several children’s and young adult novels.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2010-2011.

Association of Book Publishers of BC
Librarian review

A Different Game

In this Orca Young Reader and sequel to Murphy and Mousetrap, Murphy is a fair-haired Aboriginal boy facing a challenging transition from his comfortable Long Inlet Tribal School to middle school as a Grade Seven student. He and his three soccer-loving pals are all expected to make the provincial champion middle school soccer team. However, their superstar player begins playing and behaving poorly and the friends eventually learn that he has leukaemia. With the help of their devoted tribal coach, Uncle Rudy and a new middle school friend, Molly, the “Formidable Four” learn that the power of positive thinking, persistence and supportive relationships will help them through this trying time.

An extensive Teacher’s Guide is available on the publisher’s website. Olsen worked on the Tsartlip First Nations Reserve near Victoria, BC for almost 30 years. She has written several children’s and young adult novels.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2010-2011.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

A Different Game (Orca Young Readers)

In this sequel to Murphy and Mousetrap, Murphy and his three friends — Danny, Jeff and Albert — are making the transition from tribal elementary school to community middle school and trying out for the soccer team. But when Albert doesn’t play as well as he usually does, the boys begin to suspect something is wrong.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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