Overview

Fifteen-year-old Kyle Evans has been a jock for years -- a triple threat basketball player who can dribble, pass or shoot with considerable skill. But once he decides to try out for the school musical production at Sainsbury High, Kyle finds there is much more to life than hightops and hookshots. Conflicting priorities cause problems between Kyle and his coaches, teachers, teammates and friends. And when his buddy Lukas becomes the target of homophobic hatred, Kyle is left with ...
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Overview

Fifteen-year-old Kyle Evans has been a jock for years -- a triple threat basketball player who can dribble, pass or shoot with considerable skill. But once he decides to try out for the school musical production at Sainsbury High, Kyle finds there is much more to life than hightops and hookshots. Conflicting priorities cause problems between Kyle and his coaches, teachers, teammates and friends. And when his buddy Lukas becomes the target of homophobic hatred, Kyle is left with some difficult choices to make.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Margaret Orto
Everything is going great for Kyle Evans as he begins his junior year of high school. He is selected to play first string senior varsity basketball, and the team is powerful enough to have a chance at the regional championship. His girlfriend Jenna McBride has just returned from living abroad and their relationship is still strong. Life gets more complicated for Kyle, however, when Lukas Connor, a talented student actor and an old friend Kyle doesn't hang out with anymore, asks him to try out for the school production of Oliver! Lukas reminds Kyle how good he was at performing in skits and plays when they were younger. Kyle tells Lukas that he is no longer into "that kind of stuff," but Jenna persuades him to try out. He wins the key role of The Artful Dodger. Suddenly, Kyle finds himself in conflict with his coach, who thinks he's not focused on basketball. He's also struggling with his teammates, who do not understand why a jock would be interested in theater. Then two acts of vandalism occur. The first is directed at the drama club. The second is aimed at Lukas, who has been bullied for years because he's different and effeminate. These acts shock the school and force Kyle to come to terms with the homophobia rampant at Sainsbury High. Kyle's adolescent voice is authentic as he deals with this act of hatred as well as his own uncomfortable feelings about whether or not Lukas is gay. This short, contemporary story offers high-interest subject matter in easy-to-read form. It sensitively offers readers a chance to explore themes of setting priorities and learning tolerance. Part of the "Orca Sports" series. Reviewer: Margaret Orto
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554697946
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Series: Orca Sports
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 908,254
  • Age range: 10 - 18 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

A sportswriter, columnist and sports editor for newspapers in Western Canada over a 20-year period, Jeff Rud is now a reporter for the Victoria Times Colonist, covering provincial politics in the British Columbia legislature. He has written both sports fiction and non-fiction. Born in Red Deer, Alberta, Jeff now lives in Victoria, B.C., with his wife, Lana, a middle school teacher, and their two children.
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I marched toward Stillman, who was at the far free-throw line, standing with the ball on his hip. "What exactly is your problem?" I said, looking directly into his black eyes.

"Just you," Stillman replied, an irritating smirk forming at one corner of his mouth. "I thought you were supposed to be a basketball player, not one of the funny boys of the drama department.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Broken

    I AM. I AM. I AM MOTHER FU<_>CKING SLENDERMAN!!! Wouldnt Steve respawn?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    XY

    Da best!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Vynx

    YAAAY! FINN AND JAKE ARE GONNA BE IN THE STORY! STEVE DIED! NO!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Zack

    Ok. Thanks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Cold~Fusion

    Boba Fett. xD xD xD Yay Adventure Time. Remember, Turtle and Maximum Ride romance or Finn and Maximum Ride romance. xD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Operation: Crossover 2- Chapter 5

    Leo slept fitfully, and when he woke up, he still felt tired. He ate breakfast (the executive quarters had a kitchen, too) and went down into his team's room.<p>When he came in, Leo could immediatley sense that something was wrong. All of his team- even Johnny- was awake. Rainbow Dash and Raph sat on a couch, hand-and-hoof. And Mary and Donnie stood by Twilight's side.<p> "Is everything alright?" Leo asked, concerned. Patomon piped up. "Some kid snuck into the girls' room and tried to assassinate Twilight!!!" Twilight shivered at the word "assassinate".<p>Leo's stomach did a kickflip. "What? I knew I should have stayed down here!!" He ran over to his frightened friend. "Who was it? Who tried to assassinate you?"<p>"We identified the attacker as Jeff the Killer." Knuckles, who Leo hadn't seen at first, stood up from a chair. "A mercinary serial killer. We've been after him for a while. And now, thanks to your team's fast action, we have him in custody. We're questioning him now on his motives."<p>Leo nodded. "Okay. We can't let this stop our training. Zolo will be in charge of that today. Meet him in the training room." The team left, slightly disgruntled, save Ben. He was pestering Twilight. "Hey, be careful little horsey, you don't know who's gonna getcha next!!" That comment earned him a resounding kick to the stomach from AJ, a slap from Susan, an uppercut from Raph, and a laugh from Johnny.<p>As the team left the room, Spike, Patomon and Vanellope stayed behind. "Come on Leo." Spike said. "Come help us train." Leo shook his head. "I...I just need some time to clear my head."<p>Knuckles walked over to Leo. "Do you trust your team to keep quiet?" He said. Leo, caught off-guard by the question, thought about it. "Yes. I would trust them with my life."<p>Knuckles nodded. "Good. Because the follwing information is highly classified, and not you, nor anyone else in this room, is allowed to tell anyone. ANYONE. Not even the rest of your team." Vanellope's heart leaped. Secret info!! She was really starting to feel like an agent now!<p>"Leo, this isn't the first mercenary attak we've had recently. At first, they were just hit-and-run surprise attacks on agents patrolling in other dimensions. But recently, they have begun to come closer to the base, and increased in violence. Two weeks ago, we lost two agents, Steve and Darreth, in a brutal robot attack. According to the lucky survivor, Agent Toad, it was one lone cyborg. We identified it as X-35 Proto, a particularly nasty mercenary cyborg. And costly, too. Which is what worries me most."<p>"Whoever is hiring these mercenaries to assault us has a lot of resources. A whole lot. Other mercanry attacks we've had were commited by some of the biggest names on wanted posters. Marx, Slenderman, Boba Fett...all huge names."<p>Though the news was terrible, Leo was slightly releived. "So, Twilight was probably a random target?" Knuckles shrugged. "We think so, but it's too early yet to know. We will alert you if more info comes up." Kuckles left the room, leaving Leo and the remainder of his team to ponder.<p><br><p>((Couple quick things about character suggestions. First of all, to whoever put in all those DC superheroes: hang on tight. They'll be coming soon. And also, to Zack, my origional draft of the first book had at least 12 Total Drama members in it. I might add them back in, but not sure. And finally, I have found a spot for good ol' Finn and Jake in this story- as well as Marcey!!))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Cindertail

    You have to be kidding me! Go to the next result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Dapplefeather

    Pads in and lines a nest with moss.

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