Click on the 12-14 link to see all the winners in this category including: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen, The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. by Kate Messner, How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford, King of the Screwups by K. L. Going, Pop by Gordon Korman, This Full House: The Conclusion of the Make Lemonade Trilogy by Virginia Euwer Wolff.
Wow! What amazing company!
As Richie Partington of Richie's Picks says:
While there is plenty of hot action on the ice, WAITING TO SCORE is far less a sports action book than I had assumed it would be. This is foremost a realistic story of teens learning to fit in and survive, and author Janet MacLeod does a stellar job of probing every one of Zack's interpersonal relationships including with his mom, Jane, his new, close friend Sheila, his teammate David, Mac, and the beautiful and deeply-troubled Mona Ryder.
"'What do you have to say for yourself?' Coach Cal sounded pissed.
"I tried to stand up. I didn't say anything. Because I passed out."
Thanks to J.E. MacLeod, new contemporary YA publisher WestSide Books puts its first big points on the board.
J.E. MacLeod’s Waiting to Score (WestSide Books) 978-1-934813-01-0
Zack, fifteen, raised to be a clone of his late father, becomes himself as he tries to score in hockey and in life. (11-15)