A Different Game is part of the Orca Young Readers Series and is the sequel to Murphy and Mousetrap by author Sylvia Olsen. The same characters are back at school and are entering grade seven. The sport of soccer is popular and the fabulous four, Murphy, Danny, Jeff and Albert have moved on from the reserve school to a community middle school. The group tries out for the soccer team and it is then that the friends wonder what is ailing Albert, the reserve school's soccer superstar. Murphy finds a new friendship with Molly and the group all try to determine what is the matter with Albert. The group learns about cancer as its hold on Albert. 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 up to play in a bigger game, and that life, like soccer, is better when it's a team effort.
Teacher Guide: http://www.orcabook.com/client/PDFs/TeachersGuides/OrcaYoungReaders/adifferentgame.pdf.
ATOS Reading Level: 3.8; Reading Level: 4.2. FNCR 2013