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Children's Fiction Water Sports

Paddle Battle

by (author) Eric Howling

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Aug 2021
Water Sports, Friendship, Emotions & Feelings, Environment, Parents
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2022
    List Price
    $27.99 USD
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3


Set against a backdrop of the threat of wildfires on the west coast, this book looks at the effect changes at home can have on a young athlete’s performance and the emotional support a team can provide. Thirteen-year-old kayaker Finn has been angry and resentful since his mother left the family. In a highly charged emotional state, Finn’s performance is not only suffering, but he is also taking things out on his teammates. Like the wildfires that threaten Finn’s Okanagan training camp, this book shows how new beginnings arise after a destructive event.


About the author

Eric Howling is an advertising creative director and the author of the Lorimer sports novels Head Hunter, Red Zone Rivals, Hoop Magic, Kayak Combat and Drive. As a boy growing up in Montreal, Quebec, he always had a ball or stick or club in his hands. Now Eric's writing stories about playing some of those exciting sports. His books have been shortlisted for the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, named Resource Links Year's Best and picked as CCBC Best Books selections. Eric lives in Calgary, Alberta. Follow him on Twitter @erichowling.

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Editorial Reviews

"The author explores what this young teen goes through when faced with the breakdown of his parents’ marriage. From feeling angry and blaming himself to finding support through his peers, Finn’s character arc is well rounded. The realities of climate change and wildfires and their impacts on the younger generation are also seamlessly woven into the story."


Kirkus Reviews

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