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After budget cuts force the Southside Saints football team to disband, Jamal and his friends have to settle for playing pickup on the hardscrabble field behind their high school. Then the president of a sporting-goods company offers to donate $20,000 worth of equipment to the team. There's only one catch: he wants to be the coach. Thrilled to have a real team together, the players turn a blind eye to Coach Fort's racism, bullying and discrimination. Until he takes it too far. Now it's up to Jamal and his teammates to take back their team and show what they're made of.

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Eric Howling

ERIC HOWLING is a writer and sports fan living in Calgary, Alberta. As a boy growing up in Montreal he almost always had a ball or stick or club in his hands. Now he's writing books about some of those exciting experiences. If you like to play sports - hockey, soccer, basketball, football, golf or tennis just to name a few - you might like to read his stories, too.

Eric's novels have been shortlisted for the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, selected as a Resource Links' Year's Best, and selected as Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens.

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