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Children's Fiction Post-confederation (1867-)

Yossi's Goal

by (author) Ellen Schwartz

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
Post-Confederation (1867-), Hockey, Emigration & Immigration
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


Yossi Mendelsohn works hard to help his family survive after they flee Russia to find a better life in Montreal. He sells newspapers and carries bundles from the garment factory. Yossi longs to play "le hockey" with the French boys, but he has no skates. When his father falls ill and his sister and her fiancé organize a walkout at the factory, Yossi's dream of lacing on skates seems farther away than ever.

About the author


  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch nominee

Excerpt: Yossi's Goal (by (author) Ellen Schwartz)

The blond boy led Yossi across the ice, holding Yossi's elbow as his booted feet slipped and slid. He thrust Yossi in front of the snowbank and switched Yossi's woven cap with the red stocking cap of the burly boy. He shoved the boy's stick into Yossi's hands. Shouting something at the others, he batted the lump of coal down the ice.

Editorial Reviews

"Boys will enjoy this engaging fast-paced novel...Schwartz does an admirable job of presenting a complex topic in a brief novel for younger or struggling readers. Highly Recommended."

CM Magazine

"Believable, engrossing and provides numerous opportunities for exploring the difficulties of immigrants."

Canadian Teacher Magazine

"Can be used when one needs an immigration story to suggest to boys."

AJL Newsletter

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