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published: Nov 2001
ISBN:9781550287455
imprint: Lorimer

Rink Rivals

by Jacqueline Guest

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emotions & feelings, siblings
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2 ratings
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list price: $16.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback Paperback
published: Nov 2001
ISBN:9781550287455
imprint: Lorimer
Description

When twin brothers Evan and Brynley Selkirk move with their family from the remote Cree community of Whapmagoostui to bustling Calgary, their worlds turn upside-down. In place of the grey, frigid waters of Hudson Bay, they see the downtown canyons of a modern city.

Bryn, a musical prodigy, trades piano practice for hockey practice to impress a new girlfriend; Evan, the family hockey hero, starts running with a bad crowd and neglecting the game. As the brothers' lies get them in deeper and deeper trouble with their parents, they have to rely on each other to gain the courage to do what's right.

Rink Rivals is an action-packed account of how sport can help young people find the courage to confront sudden and radical changes in their lives. [Fry Reading level - 4.2

About the Author

Jacqueline Guest is the award-winning Métis writer of over a dozen books for young readers. She is the recipient of the Indspire Award for the Arts, formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, and was named to the Order of Canada for her ongoing efforts in the world of literacy. Jacqueline lives in the Rocky Mountain foothills of Alberta.

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Contributor Notes

JACQUELINE GUEST is a Metis writer who lives in Bragg Creek, Alberta. She is the author of 10 previous Lorimer novels, including Hat Trick, Free Throw, Rookie Season, and A Goal in Sight, which are Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice selections, and the SideStreets novels Lightening Rider, Racing Fear and At Risk. A Goal in Sight was also nominated for a Golden Eagle Award.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 13
Grade:
4 to 8
Reading age:
7 to 10
Awards
  • Short-listed, Golden Eagle Children's Choice Book Award
  • Winner, Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection
Editorial Reviews

Rink Rivals is well-written, addictive, and highly engaging. Guest is particularly adept at creating relatable characters that are compelling in their own development as well as in how they act throughout the narrative. The text is well suited for its audience of young?and also reluctant?readers. While Rink Rivals is much more geared toward a male audience, girls with an interest in sports will also likely get much enjoyment out of this novel which is deserving of its designation as a Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book. Highly Recommended.

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Praise for Jacqueline Guest's fiction:
"This well-written story has a very contemporary feel... Guest has a good understanding of teenage angst and the emotions that motivate a teenager... Highly recommended!"

— Canadian Book Review Annual

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Rink Rivals

In this Sport Stories series title, Bryn, a piano prodigy who looks like his white father is not ashamed of his Cree mother and his brother who looks like her, but when the family moves from a remote Cree community to Calgary, the two boys go to different schools and the subject of his heritage never comes up. When Kelsey, his new “study buddy”, makes disparaging comments about Indians and also about musicians, misunderstandings follow. Evan, on the other hand, a talented hockey player but not used to having to make his own friends, aligns himself with a crowd of tough boys who don’t mind breaking the rules. That both boys play hockey on opposing teams only serves to exacerbate their inherent rivalry. In the end, each of them comes to the aid of the other and they do what’s right.

This is a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Choice. Guest is a Métis author.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2009-2010.

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