To order: 1-800-565-1975

Book Finder

Use our book finder to discover new and exciting titles!

Choose one or more search parameters in the book finder and click on the Find books button. A list of titles will appear in the main window.

You can then enter more search parameters to narrow your search for the perfect book!

Search by:
childrens-and-teens click here
The Playmaker
look inside

The Playmaker

By Alex O'Brien

$12.95 Paperback
Temporarily unavailable
$8.95 Ebook
EPUB In Stock Ships immediately
Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

Rating: 0 vote(s).

With no team in rural Innisfil, Zoey tries out for Bantam girls team the Barrie Sharks. She makes the cut and, knowing that the income from her family's farm won't cover the fees, pushes herself to overcome her shyness and try to raise her own funding. Zoey's talent and eagerness on the ice impress Coach Mikom, team captain Tia, and goalie Anika. But her skills challenge rich Mel for prominence on the team. Teammate Kat makes Zoey embarrassed by her rural background, and Zoey's shame at her father's behaviour at a game gives a player on another team the opportunity to bully Zoey, make her lose her temper and interfere with her game.

O'Brien's sports writing is detailed and informative ... The Playmaker will definitely meet the reading requirements for hockey lovers.

- Allison Giggey, teacher CM: Canadian Review of Materials

This accessible, easy to read, fast‑paced novel is highly recommended for readers who are athletes themselves, and for anyone looking for a realistic, relatable, strong but flawed female protagonist.

- Resource Links

ALEX O'BRIEN has played, watched, and coached several sports extensively. It was only natural that he'd come to write sports novels revealing the excitement and growth offered through competition. This book was inspired by the years Alex spent watching his daughter play in the Ontario Women's Hockey Assocation Lower Lakes Female Hockey League and his son in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association's Eastern AAA Hockey League. Alex lives in Parry Sound, Ontario.

Customer Reviews:

Your review

Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 5th February 2019
ISBN: 9781459413955
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 128 pages
Publication Date: 5th February 2019
ISBN: 9781459413962
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV023000, JUV024000, JUV032110, JUV039120, JUV039140, JUV039230
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 10 To 13
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 2.2
Lexile Reading Level: 640L


Similar titles:
The Comeback

All award-winning Sports Stories titles

Road Rage

All Sports Stories Soccer titles


Array ( [BookId] => 3585 [ISBN13] => 9781459413955 [ISBN] => 1459413954 [Width] => 5 [Height] => 7.75 [NumberOfPages] => 128 [IllustrationNote] => [ProductFormCode] => BC [ProductFormDesc] => Paperback [EpubTypeName] => [ResourceId] => [Lead] => -483 [PublicationDate] => 5th February 2019 [PublishingStatus] => 4 [PublishingStatusDesc] => Active [ProductAvailabilityCode] => 30 )
Array ( [BookId] => 3586 [ISBN13] => 9781459413962 [ISBN] => 1459413962 [Width] => [Height] => [NumberOfPages] => 128 [IllustrationNote] => [ProductFormCode] => DG [ProductFormDesc] => Electronic book text [EpubTypeName] => EPUB [ResourceId] => urn:uuid:dae326fb-f17a-4ec2-a046-5050c6e6006b [Lead] => -483 [PublicationDate] => 5th February 2019 [PublishingStatus] => 4 [PublishingStatusDesc] => Active [ProductAvailabilityCode] => 21 )
Sport Stories

Sports Stories Series

High interest sports fiction

Series website


Series features

  • 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'!"
- Resource Links

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.