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Category: Book
By (author): Schultz Nicholson, Lorna
Series: Lorimer Podium Sports Academy
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / United States / Asian American
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Physical & Emotional Abuse (see also Social
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Soccer
Audience: young adult
Awards: One of the Year's Best for 2013 (Resource Links) (2013) Commended
Best Books for Kids & Teens *Starred Selection* (Canadian Children's Book Centre) (2013) Commended
Publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Published: March 2013
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 8.50in x 5.50in x 1.00in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

Podium Sports Academy's star goalkeeper wants nothing more than to play on Canada's National Team. Parmita works hard at school and on the pitch, so if it seems like she's avoiding boys, she hopes everyone will think it's because she wants to be the best, and not because she's secretly attracted to girls.

The team's new assistant coach may actually have the pull to get Parmita a National Team tryout, but Parmita is uncomfortable with her coach's constant flirting and accidentally-on-purpose touching. After the coach guesses her secret about her sexuality and corners her in the locker room, Parmita has to decide how far she'll go to get a tryout.

[Fry Reading Level - 3.0]

From The Publisher*Parmita Kapoor: the soccer player who won't keep a secret that crosses the line
Review Quote*"Podium Sports Academy is a great concept. Take the pressures of a regular high school experience and dial them up tenfold -- and you have Podium Sports Academy." Rated E, excellent
Review Quote*"The writing style makes this a quick and easy read for older teens, and the believable plot leaves readers rooting for Parmita's future."
Review Quote*"Exciting soccer action, hot-button issues (conservative Christian views, differing attitudes toward homosexuality, sexual abuse), and teen angst find balanced footing within Parmita's experiences in a story that will leave readers with plenty of food for thought."
Review Quote*"Parm being a young girl who hasn't yet 'come out' of the closet yet is faced with some really tough choices. This is an important story. Many young people face stuff like this and sadly, out of shame or fear, won't speak up. This enables people in positions of power to continue abusing others, something Parm realizes.... I appreciated the lessons in this book and the fact it brings awareness to a serious problem, not only sexual abuse, but a teenager's fear of 'coming out'."
Review Quote*"appealing to sports fans and high-school students reading below grade level."
Review Quote*"Lorna Schultz Nicholson is to be commended for her no-fear approach to writing about serious issues that have resonance with real life. Nicholson's extensive knowledge of the sports world makes for a glimpse into the real behind-the-scenes of practices, locker rooms, and tournament life. Nicholson gives her protagonists and secondary characters great depth, which ensures that the friendships and team dynamics between the characters are relatable and, above all else, believable." Recommended
Biographical NoteLORNA SCHULTZ NICHOLSON has published more than a dozen sports novels for tweens as well as hockey non-fiction for adults. Her books have been chosen as Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Bets for Kids & Teens selections and shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Young Reader's Choice Diamond Willow Award and the Golden Eagle Children's Choice Book Award. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.