Triple Threat by Jacqueline Guest features a basketball theme along side a blended family, and the sport of wheelchair basketball. The main character is Matt Eagletail, a 13-year-old First Nation boy, who lives in Calgary with his mother, and stepfather, who is white, and his five stepsisters. Matt spends his time on the court and online with his friend Free Throw, who is a wheelchair athlete who coaches basketball. The pair meets one summer and together they build a basketball team of neighbourhood boys and girls.
Hat Trick is a sports themed novel by Métis author Jacqueline Guest. Twelve-year-old Leigh is the only girl on the Falcons hockey team and knows the captain of the team does not like it, but now she is receiving threatening messages on her answering machine. Lexile Measure: 710; ATOS Reading Level: 5.3; Reading Level: 5.3. FNCR 2013
Leigh Aberdeen, excited by the prospect of winning the hockey championship with a new all-girls team, is furious when the coach adds a know-it-all boy to the line-up, and things get worse when her best friend, the team goalie, starts skipping practice. Reading Level: 5.2; ATOS Reading Level: 5.2
Against the Boards is one of the titles in the Sports Stories Series published by Lorimer. Author Lorna Nicholson writes a coming-of-age story about Peter who finally gets selected to play on an AAA Bantam hockey team in Edmonton. However his difficulty adjusting to city life, a new school, and a host family begins to affect his performance on the ice. ATOS Reading Level: 4.1; Reading Level: 4.5
Against the Boards is available in hardcover edition (9781550288650) at the paper edition price.
Rink Rivals is a fast-paced sports novel by Métis author Jacqueline Guest. 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.
Soccer Star by Métis author Jacqueline Guest is a title in the Lorimer series, Sports Stories. Samantha Aqsarniq Keyes is used to a life on the move. Her military family has been transferred across Canada, and she's grown up with stories of her Inuit ancestors exploring the far north. For Sam, soccer has been the one constant in her life. But now that she's thirteen, her home base isn't the only thing that's changing. Sam longs to show up Carly, her school's reigning soccer star, but Sam's new interest in theater is taking up a lot of time.
Josh Watson must decide what to do when some of the other players on his hockey team try to play a dangerous prank on a fellow teammate. Josh has been selected to attend an elite summer hockey camp. Here he rooms with Peter Kuiksak, a likeable and talented youth from the Northwest Territories. Josh is trying hard to conceal his diabetes at the same time fitting in with the boys. When he learns about a cruel hazing of his roommate Josh must decide what he should do. An action-filled sports novel with an ethical twist. Reading Level: 4.2; ATOS Reading Level: 4.2
Fighting Spirit: On the Field with Jim Thorpe is a part graphic novel and part historical fiction title in the Graphic Flash Series published by Stone Arch Books. In this 55-page narrative, the focus is on a fifteen-year-old Native American youth named Howard Tucker whose all-time favourite sports hero is Jim Thorpe. Howard attends the boarding school for Indians, Haskell Indian School, and the book is set in 1920. Howard is academically inclined but loves sports and wants to participate in team sports at the boarding school also known as a residential school.
Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer is a recent picture book that acknowledges the achievements of Louis Sockalexis, the first Native American professional baseball player in the United States. Louis was a Penobscot boy growing up on the reservation in Maine and by the time he was twelve years old in 1884 he knew he wanted to play baseball. Playing only with other children from the other side of the river brought Louis into world of sports in the United States.
They Call Me Chief: Warriors on Ice is a celebration of the history of First Nations, Métis and Inuit men who have played or coached hockey at the highest levels. Players such as Fred Sasakamoose, George Armstrong, Jim Neilson, Reggie Leach, Stan Jonathan, Bryan Trottier, Ted Nolan, Gino Odjick, Theoren Fleury, John Cabot, and Jordan Tootoo are profiled in the book.