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Rugby Rivals

ISBN-10: 1459414926
ISBN-13: 9781459414921
Author: Levitt, Mike
Interest Level: 4-8
Publisher: Lerner

Publication Date: August 2020

Copyright: 2020

Page Count: 160

Series: Sports Stories -- Lorimer


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$6.74
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Interest Level

Grades 4-8

Reading Level

Lexile: HL520L
Grade Level Equivalent: 2

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / General

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Peer Pressure

Description
Sam's grandfather, Pops, always taught Sam that the most important aspects of rugby are sportsmanship and teamwork. Things are not great at home, with Pops having Alzheimer's and Sam's mother trying to make ends meet, but Sam's struggles really begin when his school is shut down and he transfers to Rosedale Heights. Sam feels like he's alone against the world trying to prove himself -- and failing. He has trouble fitting in with the snobby Rosedale team, especially Bittner, who resents Sam's presence. In an act of retaliation, Sam breaks a teammate's nose, and he knows he's lost sight of what rugby is supposed to be about. When Sam scores the winning try in a game, he wonders if it was for his own glory or for the team. All seems lost when, set up by Bittner, Sam gets kicked off the team under suspicion of stealing. Can Sam prove his innocence and get back in play for the highly anticipated England game? And can he play the kind of rugby that will make Pops proud?
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