Forward Pass

144p. (Podium Sports Academy Series). Lorimer. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 9781459403734; pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781459403727; ebk. $7.95. ISBN 9781459403741.
Gr 8 Up—Set in Calgary, Canada, this hi/lo novel focuses on soccer. Olympic hopeful Parmita Kapoor attends a high school for top student atheletes while she trains for a competeitive spot on the Nationals and studies for a career in medicine. Unwanted advances from an assistant coach create conflict and raise questions about how to deal with the harassment. Will it jeopardize her chances for the National team? The writing style makes this a quick and easy read for older teens, and the believable plot leaves readers rooting for Parmita's future. The mood is sustained throughout the story as readers see differing points of view and values, whether it's the religious family with whom Parmita lives while at school, or Jessie, with whom she trains.—Glynis Jean Wray, Ocean County Library, Toms River, NJ

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