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. Volume VIII Number 6 . . . . November 16, 2001.
Nick is sure that his life is going all wrong. After his father lost his job, he stopped caring about anything. The family had to sell their house and move to a house in a neighborhood that didn't compare with the old one. Nick even had to leave his inline hockey team. When he is invited to join a street tournament, he is surprised when the determination and guts of his new team manages to beat his old team, the Cyclones. He finds out that he can make a difference to his new team members and feels that things are starting to get better. He is sure that he doesn't want to rejoin his old team, but when the coach promises to rehire his father, will he have to sacrifice his new position for his family?
Salata has written a fast-paced novel that will have a wide appeal. Its language will allow it to appeal to a younger audience while the subject matter and struggles that plague the main character will keep older children interested. Nick has an interesting problem: play for the people with whom he can make a difference, and with whom he has come to belong, while sacrificing his father? Or, instead, should he sacrifice himself? The ending, while pat, will satisfy readers young and old alike.
Fraser is a librarian with the Calgary Public Library.
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