Fifteen-year-old Nick Carver is tired of living in his older brother’s shadow. Markus is the lacrosse team hero, love interest of Nick’s longtime crush and now the recipient of a prestigious scholarship from the Philston Weiks Academy.

When a mistake at provincials results in Markus’s goal being discounted, rumors start going around school that he cheated. Suddenly, Philston Weiks is “rethinking” Markus’s scholarship offer. They’ve also invited other players, including Nick, to try out for Markus’s spot. Nick is flattered but conflicted. He’s pretty sure his brother didn’t cheat. But can he prove it? And if he does, will he ruin his one chance to finally be in the spotlight?

  • Type: Fiction, Kids
  • Age Range: Young Adult
  • Original Publication Date: Mar 2014
  • Publisher: Orca Books
  • Rights Sold:
    • Orca (World)

What people are saying:

Action and suspense abound as the excitement of the lacrosse games is vividly described…Will engage and thrill lower-level readers and reluctant readers.

  • — Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee

McIsaac proves she can create engaging, high-impact fiction, bringing a necessary edginess to the lacrosse scenes and antagonism between the players.

  • — Quill & Quire

[An] enjoyable, fast-paced story…with relatable characters and a believable storyline..Highly recommended.

  • — Resource Links

McIsaac’s blend of suspense, sports action, and realistic drama keeps the story moving in the hallways, in the locker room, and during game play.

  • — Publishers Weekly

Fast-paced action, strong characterization, short paragraphs, and relatively simple vocabulary produce a smoothly executed…read. Nick’s voice is strong, and his love of sport, desire to excel, and sense of fair play are well-expressed…An enjoyable read that is well constructed, and it will likely find its audience among sports lovers and reluctant readers.

  • — CM Magazine


  • Selection, 2014 Junior Library Guild (JLG)