A Different Game

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For-mi-da-ble: inspiring respect or wonder because of size, strength or ability.
"Formidable," Murphy says to his cat, Mousetrap. "The Formidable Four. That's us, MT. What do you think about that?"

It's no secret. Never before has the Long Inlet Tribal School produced so many talented soccer players. In this sequel to Murphy and Mousetrap, the Formidable Four-Murphy, Danny, Jeff and Albert-are moving up to middle school and trying out for the ...

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Overview

For-mi-da-ble: inspiring respect or wonder because of size, strength or ability.
"Formidable," Murphy says to his cat, Mousetrap. "The Formidable Four. That's us, MT. What do you think about that?"

It's no secret. Never before has the Long Inlet Tribal School produced so many talented soccer players. In this sequel to Murphy and Mousetrap, the Formidable Four-Murphy, Danny, Jeff and Albert-are moving up to middle school and trying out for the soccer team. They're pretty confident that they will all make the team, but once the tryouts begin, Albert, the tribal-school superstar, plays like a second stringer and acts like a jerk. When Murphy and his friends discover the truth about their teammate, they realize that Albert is playing a whole different game.

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"A novel of courage and achievement told from the point of view of four native youths who must learn to cope with life off the reserve and their friend's illness…Many life lessons are taught with meaningful thematic messages, values and spirit…Highly recommended for primary/junior male readers both for recreational reading and for literature circles or discussion groups."
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"Part of the terrific Orca Young Readers collection, A Different Game is the story of four boys who strive to make their school's soccer team only to discover that sometimes you get call[ed] up to play in a bigger game, and that life, like soccer, is better when it's a team effort...A solid, well-crafted story with strong, likable characters that will appeal to readers from Grade 3 up."
Children's Literature - Miriam Chernick
Nicknamed The Formidable Four, Murphy, Jeff, Albert, and Danny are a powerhouse on the soccer field. Now in middle school, the story begins with their grueling practices as they prepare to try out for the school soccer team. All four should easily make the team, but Murphy, through whom the story is told, wonders what is up with their star player, Albert. Suddenly his heart does not seem to be in it. He messes up at the tryout and is the only one of the four who does not make the team. When they learn Albert has been diagnosed with leukemia, Murphy and his friends finally understand Albert's strange behavior. They devise a plan to raise funds for his treatment in Vancouver and for getting him out of his room and back on the field. Not just another soccer story, this one is about kids helping kids. Olsen deftly handles the issue of childhood cancer, capturing the range of child actions and reactions with great sensitivity. Reviewer: Miriam Chernick
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554691692
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Orca Young Readers Series
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 8 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sylvia Olsen is the author of many books and has been nominated for and won numerous awards. She usually writes for children and young adults about the place between cultures where Canada's First Nations and settlers come together. She is also a storyteller who loves to work with young people to help them find their written and spoken voice. Sylvia is the mother of four and grandmother of seven. She lives in North Saanich near Victoria, British Columbia.

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For-mi-da-ble: inspiring respect or wonder because of size, strength or ability

"Formidable," Murphy says to his cat, Mousetrap. "The Formidable Four. That's us, MT. What do you think about that?"

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