Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 13
- Grade: 4 to 8
- Reading age: 7 to 10
Aiden is the roughest player on his Calgary hockey team, as likely to be in the penalty box as on the ice.
When he hits another player after a game, however, he's charged with assault and sentenced to one hundred hours of community service. He's bored and annoyed when he's forced to help Eric, a blind player with the Calgary Seeing Eye Dogs. In time, his new team shows him hockey is more fun on the ice than in the box.
A Goal in Sight is the story of an unlikely friendship that teaches a troubled kid the value of fair play. [Fry Reading Level - 5.0
About the author
Award-winning author JACQUELINE GUEST is the author of numerous Lorimer novels, including the Arthur Ellis Award nominee Wild Ride and A Goal in Sight, which was shortlisted for a Golden Eagle Children's Choice Book Award. Many of her novels have also been Canadian Children's Centre Our Choice selections including the SideStreets novel At Risk, and the Sports Stories novels Hat Trick, Free Throw, and Soccer Star. Jacqueline Guest lives in Bragg Creek, Alberta.
A Goal in SightIn this Sports Stories series novel, Aiden is a tough enforcer on his local hockey team. Encouraged by his dad, he hits, hooks and slams anyone in his way. When he is finally sent to court for assault, Aiden’s community service punishment is to spend his Saturdays with a younger blind boy. Eric’s wild sunglasses and bizarre fashion statements are his way of dealing with the sighted world and Aiden slowly learns to respect him for it. With the help of his Aboriginal probation officer, he comes to enjoy his time with Eric and discovers that even blind people can play hockey. Helping out with the Seeing Ice Dogs teaches him that there are other ways to play than by being a bully. When his probation is over, Aiden has some difficult choices to make but he has learned enough to do the right thing.
Guest is a Métis writer. This book is a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Choice.
Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2009-2010.