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Personal Best

By Sylvia Gunnery

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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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It should be the best week of Jay's life: he's attending a Basketball Nova Scotia Summer Camp and rooming in a real university dorm with his best friend, Mike. But then Mike's older brother, Chad, turns out to be less than the coach Jay expected and the brother Mike had always known. Luckily for Jay, a new teammate and friend has figured out how to do what Chad can't: bring out the best in people. Personal Best is the exciting and moving sequel to Sylvia Gunnery's Out of Bounds. [Fry Reading Level - 3.5

"Personal Best is a thrilling sequel to Out of Bounds. This basketball story, part of the Sport Stories series, is fast-paced and just the thing to hook reluctant readers."

- The Chronicle Herald

"This is a great summer story..."

- Lizanne Eastwood Canadian Review of Materials

What could be more exciting than to be a part of a basketball camp with a bunch of other boys who love the same sport? This is a bright spot too, since Jay, and his family, is forced to live with his grandfather since his family lost their house in a fire. Jay is all excited to be part of the Acadia University Basketball camp in Nova Scotia. He gets to stay in an actual college dorm and be away from home for a whole week. What makes it even better is the fact that his best friend Mike is going to the same camp.
What starts out as probably the most thrilling thing that has ever happened in Jay's life, takes a horrible turn. Mike's older brother, Chad, who is supposed to be the boy's coach and mentor, is not at all what a mentor should be. It will take some work on the part of the boys to make it through a tough week.
Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Chad used to seem like such a great guy. It takes the boys to make a difference in Chad's life.
Personal Best is an exciting continuation of the story which was first introduced in Sylvia Gunnery's book Out of Bounds. I am anxiously waiting to see if Ms. Gunnery decides to continue Jay's story in another book.
Briane Platch
Midwest Book Review, December 2007

- Brianne Platch Midwest Book Review

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 136 pages
Publication Date: 15th February 2011
ISBN: 9781552776780
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 16th January 2011
ISBN: 9781552776797
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV032020
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.