The hard knocks of life keep piling up for Eje. Born into a country
on the brink of civil war, he knows the real meaning of survival.
After a decade living in Canada, things aren't getting any easier
but if he can keep his head down for his last year of high school
he thinks there might be an out for him from his poverty-stricken
neighborhood. Too bad fate likes to throw fastballs at Eje and he's
forced into an afterschool paddling program. The Aquatic club is
filled with white kids, who like to run for fun and paddle for
performance. Eje has talent but liking paddling doesn't mean much
when you're another kid from the projects. Shannon used to live to
paddle. After a drunk driver crashed into the car holding her and
her mother, life has been anything but normal. Re-learning how to
kayak isn't fun, and trying to find out where she stands with her
once BFF's at the club reinforces how much has changed. Before the
accident she'd never give a newbie paddler the time of day, but the
minute she meets Eje all that changes. Unlike the guys at the club
Eje's mysterious without trying. When ultimatums threaten to end
the afterschool paddle program and secrets get revealed will Eje
and Shannon forget their friendship for the good of others or trust
each other to do right? Two teens with little in common tackle
prejudice and stereotypes to risk it all to help each other. If you
like Simone Elkeles Young Adult books which deal with
multi-cultural issues you will love Off Stroke.
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||Paperback - Trade
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