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False Start

By Sandra Diersch

$8.95 Paperback
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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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Caitlynn is no fan of the water, but after breaking her ankle playing soccer, swimming is the safest sport for her. She makes a deal with her grandfather to join a swim team if he'll stay and watch all of her practices. But after Grandpa has a stroke and can no longer tag along, Caitlynn doesn't want to keep up her end of the deal. In False Start, overcoming obstacles requires more than hard work -- it takes a positive attitude.


Winner - Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection - 2006

"False Start is a realistic and interesting portrayal of a young girl who faces tough challenges in her life....The most beautiful aspect of this story is the relationship between Caitlynn and her grandfather. Although the dynamics of the relationship change, these two characters remain committed to one another."

- CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Her characters are credible and her story is engaging - worth reading even for those who aren't sports fans. Highly recommended."

- Kristin Butcher Canadian Book Review Annual

"False Start is an excellent choice for the young female athlete who may be encountering reading challenges."

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 104 pages
Publication Date: 4th May 2005
ISBN: 9781550288728
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Previous Editions: (show)
Publication Date: 4th January 2011
ISBN: 9781552776377
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV032060
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 9 To 13


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  • Gripping, action-packed stories
  • Short, high-interest fiction
  • Contemporary themes and Canadian settings
  • Award-winning authors who know their sport

"A winning series... designed to attract reluctant readers as well as provide recreational reading for children who are interested in stories about sports."
- National Library of Canada

"Lorimer is obviously succeeding with this series of action-driven novels which encourage young readers to 'Get in the Game'!"
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Kids who love sports love these books, and so do teachers. When you put one of these into a young sports fan's hands, you can feel confident they will enjoy reading.