Shark Attack! (Lorimer Sports Stories)

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Team captain Matt Tucker is poised to lead Peterborough's East City Sharks to the county baseball championship. That is until the rival Lakefield Lions field their unstoppable ace pitcher, Spike McGarrity.

None of the Sharks can touch McGarrity's stuff, so they start to think of ways around him: remote-control baseballs, itching powder, laxatives in his water bottle. When Matt finally does think of a way to get McGarrity out of the game, however, things threaten to fall apart. The Sharks are finally left to rely on what got them to the championship in the first place: skill and teamwork.

Shark Attack is a lighthearted look at how fair play and high morale are vital to a successful team--win or lose.

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JUDI PEERS is the author of many children's books, among them Free Stuff for Kids, Home Base, and Brontosaurus Brunch. She grew up playing baseball in the barnyards of Baltimore, Ontario, rising to win two Ontario softball titles in her late teens. She lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

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Gr 5-7-Two slim books set in Canada. In Slam Dunk, Mason's junior high basketball coach announces that the Raptors are going coed. Though Cindy and the other girls play well at practice, several boys refuse to cooperate and, consequently, the team loses its first game. At a party organized to help unify the team, a few boys drink beer and Mason is taunted into participating even though he realizes that it's wrong. When Cindy discovers them, she insists that they leave. Eventually, the Raptors work out their differences and win the championship. In Shark Attack, Matt's struggling baseball team suffers a humiliating loss. He desperately wants to impress his father, but fears he can never equal the sports success of his all-star older brother. The boy devises a plan involving a prank call, is caught, and lightly punished (his offense would merit far more severe consequences on most sports teams). Still determined to improve the team's play and spirit, Matt then helps to formulate a new, legitimate strategy. Though these entries are short and may appeal to reluctant readers, they are not first purchases.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL

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