Shortlisted for Silver Birch Express Award, Ontario Library Association
Shortlisted for Chocolate Lily Award
Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice
Yossi Mendelsohn works hard to help his family survive after they flee Russia to find a better life in Montreal. He sells newspapers and carries bundles from the garment factory. Yossi longs to play "le hockey" with the French boys, but he has no skates. When his father falls ill and his sister and her fiancé organize a walkout at the factory, Yossi's dream of lacing on skates seems farther away than ever. Will he ever score his goal?
"Boys will enjoy this engaging fast-paced novel... Schwartz does an admirable job of presenting a complex topic in a brief novel for younger or struggling readers. Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine
"Believable, engrossing and provides numerous opportunities for exploring the difficulties of immigrants." - Canadian Teacher
Orca Book Publishers, 2006
ISBN: 9781551434926, 144 pages, paperback, ages 7-10