Big Air by author Lorna Schultz Nicholson is one of her titles in James Lorimer's Podium Sports Series. In this 142-page novel, teenage snowboarder Jax has a Cree father and an alcoholic non-Aboriginal mother. The story revolves around the students as they train for a future in pro sports at an elite high school. Jax is a snowboarder but his new world in elite sports is threatened by the return of his elder brother. Jax must find the strength of character to find a way to be true to his family and be honest to his personal sport's career opportunity. Highly recommended.
Northern Star by Lorna Schultz Nicholson is a novel in the Lorimer series, Sports Stories. Inuk hockey player Peter Kuiksak has started to adjust to his new life in Edmonton, but all of the attention he is receiving from fans and agents begins to go to his head. Inspired by the career of NHL star Jordin Tootoo, Northern Star continues one exceptional player's journey, started in Roughing and Against the Boards, toward hockey greatness. ATOS Reading Level: 4.1; Reading Level: 4.1
Northern Star is available in hardcover (9781550289114) at the paper edition price.
Against the Boards is one of the titles in the Sports Stories Series published by Lorimer. Author Lorna Nicholson writes a coming-of-age story about Peter who finally gets selected to play on an AAA Bantam hockey team in Edmonton. However his difficulty adjusting to city life, a new school, and a host family begins to affect his performance on the ice. ATOS Reading Level: 4.1; Reading Level: 4.5
Against the Boards is available in hardcover edition (9781550288650) at the paper edition price.
Josh Watson must decide what to do when some of the other players on his hockey team try to play a dangerous prank on a fellow teammate. Josh has been selected to attend an elite summer hockey camp. Here he rooms with Peter Kuiksak, a likeable and talented youth from the Northwest Territories. Josh is trying hard to conceal his diabetes at the same time fitting in with the boys. When he learns about a cruel hazing of his roommate Josh must decide what he should do. An action-filled sports novel with an ethical twist. Reading Level: 4.2; ATOS Reading Level: 4.2