Maxed Out

Maxed Out

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by Daphne Greer
     
 

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More than anything, twelve-year-old Max wants to play hockey like he used to. But since the death of his dad, his mom does more crying than mothering, and Max has to take his special-needs brother, Duncan, with him everywhere he goes. The team needs Max to win the upcoming game against the Red Eagles, but one practice with Duncan makes it evident that it's not safe to

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More than anything, twelve-year-old Max wants to play hockey like he used to. But since the death of his dad, his mom does more crying than mothering, and Max has to take his special-needs brother, Duncan, with him everywhere he goes. The team needs Max to win the upcoming game against the Red Eagles, but one practice with Duncan makes it evident that it's not safe to leave him unattended on the sidelines. With only a week to figure out how he can play in the big game, Max is feeling the pressure. Will he find a way to be a good teammate, a good brother and a good son, or is it too much for one kid?

Editorial Reviews

Tacoma Public School District
"A touching, well-told story of adolescence being usurped by caring for a special needs brother and a grieving mom...A well written, sensitive book that not only offers resolution to the storyline, but supporting information in the author’s notes (back of the book) to access organizations that offer assistance."
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"Greer has some nice turns of phrase...[and] the closing scene in the novel is heart-warming and well written."
CM Magazine
"A realistic portrayal of a family rocked by the sudden death of their husband and father. Targeted at 10- to 13-year olds, this novel does an excellent job of layering the stresses and tensions of Max's world...Greer delivers a well-written, engaging novel for preteens who will be drawn in by the apparent sports focused cover and the sports related theme but who will ultimately be exposed to a book that digs a little deeper and that turns out to tell a much more important story...Highly Recommended."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"This short novel delivers with a story that is both interesting and realistic."
Booklist
"Greer tells this story with genuine empathy as Max copes with his mom and brother, protects Duncan from a local bully, and sneaks in some fun with Ian. The resolution may be quick but is not too pat for credibility. Another fine entry in the Orca Currents line that will engage reluctant readers without talking down to them or sounding stilted."
School Library Journal
Gr 5–10—In the first hi/lo book, Don Hogg's uncle offers $10 an hour to help hand out samples of his new fiber-rich hot dogs at a food fair, and the 15-year-old can't wait to sign up. His dream of popularity becomes endangered, however, when he realizes that he must wear an ugly hot-dog costume. When a beautiful girl named Brooke comes to him for help in getting away from a stalker, Don can't wait to jump in and save the day. Then a ring of pickpockets starts targeting people, and he can't help but wonder if Brooke's problem and the pickpockets are somehow connected. The characters are well developed, and the interesting plot has a lot of twists and turns that are easy to follow. This short, funny story will appeal to reluctant readers. The second book focuses on Max, who loves to play hockey, particularly with his dad. It was their passion, their bonding time, and their stress reliever. Now his dad is dead, and his distant mother won't even talk about his father. Every time he mentions playing with his team again, she makes some vague excuse about why it won't work. Forced to look after his special-needs brother after school, Max wonders if he'll ever be able to play hockey again. Although Max's character is a little one-dimensional, and the singular plot is a little drawn out in places, the boy's relationship with his family will hold readers' attention. This book would make a good purchase for large libraries or those that have heavily used reluctant-reader collections.—Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554699810
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Series:
Orca Currents Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,103,073
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
HL450L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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I can hear them. It's like I'm right there. I probably know who just scored.

Meet the Author

Daphne Greer graduated from Mount St. Vincent University with a Bachelor of Child Study. She is the author of Maxed Out, a 2013 nominee for Best Quick Read by the American Library Association. For more information, visit www.daphnegreer.com.

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Maxed Out 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Max and his family are reeling from the unexpected death of his father. His mother spends her time withdrawn in her room, leaving Max to care for his special-needs brother. What he wants to do is to just have a normal life but he can't imagine what that would like like without his dad. And more than anything, he thinks that playing hockey will help him move through the grief process. But he can't leave his brother alone while he plays, and his mom continues to be no help. The cover illustration will draw in students interested in baseball and lacrosse because at first glance, it is not clear that the helmet is worn by a hockey player. Another great addition from the Orca Currents series of hi-lo books for teens. Thanks to Puget Sound Council for the review copy.