Hat Trickby Jacqueline Guest
To top it off, she doesn't think her mother wants her to play hockey, so Leigh hasn't told her about the Falcons. Soon she's getting threatening messages on the phone, the
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Leigh Aberdeen is one of the top players on her Alberta hockey team, the Falcons. But as a M tis and the only girl on the team she's different--and not everyone is happy about that.
To top it off, she doesn't think her mother wants her to play hockey, so Leigh hasn't told her about the Falcons. Soon she's getting threatening messages on the phone, the Falcons'captain tries to get her kicked off the team, and her mother wants Leigh to go to a dance recital on the same night as the finals. When the pressure becomes too intense, Leigh has to face some hard decisions.
Hat Trick is a suspenseful, action-packed story about a young woman who learns the price of living a double life--the hard way. [Fry Reading Level - 4.2
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Chapter 1 Leigh Aberdeen tightened her grip on her hockey stick. Her eyes flicked to the player on her left. His gaze was riveted on the ref's hand, which held the puck. The puck hit the ice and Leigh's reflexes took over. She cut in front of the other player, outmanoeuvred him and headed down the ice. She watched as the centre for her team sent the puck speeding out to meet her. Swerving, Leigh intercepted the puck and turned toward the far net. She could hear the crowd screaming. Her team, the Forest Park Falcons, were tied with the Devon Dynamos with two minutes left in the third period. This was the closest they'd come to beating their arch rivals all season. Leigh caught a glimpse of both Dynamo defencemen streaking toward her. If she could keep out of their reach, she had a good chance of setting up her shot well enough to beat the Dynamo goalie. Suddenly, out of the corner of her eye, she saw the flash of a green uniform. It was Jimmy Crane, the captain of the Falcons, coming up on her side, fast. What was he doing? He should be running interference for her with the two Devon players. "Pass me the puck," Jimmy shouted at her. "I'm nearly set up!" she yelled back through her face mask. "Take these two out." She dodged around one of the defencemen who'd caught up with her. "I'm the captain. I call the plays," Jimmy said, bumping her out of the way. Leigh was so surprised, her stick jerked, sending the puck spinning out of control down the ice. Her balance was way off. She felt her skates starting to slip. Her arms automatically came up to help centre herself. Unfortunately, when her arms came up, so did her stick. She felt the butt end hit the shoulder of the Dynamo defenceman who had moved in behind her. The whistle went before she had a chance to lower her arms. The ref was pointing at her and signalling with his hands. Leigh knew she had a two-minute penalty for high-sticking. There was only time for one more play, and now the Falcons would be shorthanded. She sat in the penalty box, watching as the two teams formed up for a faceoff in Falcon territory. The puck hit the ice with a smack. Both centres were on it instantly. The Falcon centre tapped it out to a defenceman who passed it up ice to the waiting forward. Leigh held her breath. If he could make a break for it, he might get a chance to score. The Dynamos were all over the guy. He had no one to pass to until the other defenceman could break out. The Falcons needed their extra forward, the one sitting in the penalty box. Leigh watched as the two Devon defencemen moved in on the lone Falcon forward. They stripped him of the puck, turned and headed back toward the Falcon goal. It was amazing to see what a difference one extra player on the ice could make. The Dynamos headed down the ice like a killer wave. The Falcons tried to intercept the passing, but they were spread too thin. Leigh watched as the Dynamos passed the puck back and forth, waiting for their chance. The puck went rink wide as one of the Dynamo forwards passed it to his partner. Suddenly, the Dynamo centre cut to the slot area just as the far winger passed the puck into him. He turned, and slammed the puck into the far corner of the Falcon goal. The Dynamo fans went wild. The horn sounded, ending the game. Dynamos 3, Falcons 2. Leigh looked across at her team's bench, but no one even glanced her way. After a quick handshake for the winning team, the Falcon players grabbed their equipment and headed for the dressing room. Leigh didn't need to be there to know what the guys were saying. As the only girl on the team, she changed in the women's washroom, and right this minute, she was glad she didn't have to face her teammates. Leigh sighed. Letting your whole team down by pulling a stupid penalty and losing the game was a poor start to the NHL career she dreamed of. She wondered if Manon Rh aume had ever messed up and cost her team the game. She took off her shoulder pads and threw them at her equipment bag. She hadn't meant to high-stick the guy. It had been an accident. She tossed her chest and back pads at the growing pile of equipment. Cooper helmet with cage, jersey, neck guard, elbow pads, Koho gloves, pants, shin pads, girls' can, long underwear, not to mention Bauer skates, aluminum sticks, extra blades, and other assorted stuff made quite a sight. Why hadn't Jimmy let her take her shot? Did he think she was that poor a player? She pulled on her jeans and T-shirt, then started stuffing her pile of equipment in her bag. This had been their last game of the regular season. Losing to the Dynamos hadn't been the best way to end it, but they had still placed well enough in the standings to have secured a spot in the All City Championship. The championship had been the dream of the whole team, and everyone had worked hard to get this far. Now all they had to do was win the playoff series and they'd take the coveted title. No problem! They were the Fore
Meet the Author
JACQUELINE GUEST is a Metis writer who lives in Bragg Creek, Alberta. She is the author of 10 previous Lorimer novels, including Hat Trick, Free Throw, Rookie Season, and A Goal in Sight, which are Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice selections, and the SideStreets novels Lightening Rider, Racing Fear and At Risk. A Goal in Sight was also nominated for a Golden Eagle Award.
JACQUELINE GUEST is a Metis writer who lives in Bragg Creek, Alberta. Her books are frequently selected as Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens. A Goal in Sight was nominated for a Golden Eagle Award. In 2012, Free Throw and Triple Threat won the American Indian Youth Literature Award for Best Middle School Book and Jacqueline also won the Indspire Award.
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