Young Adult Fiction

Underhand (Orca Sports)

Fifteen-year-old Nick Carver is uninterested in residing in his older brother’s shadow. Markus is the lacrosse crew hero, love curiosity of Nick’s longtime overwhelm and now the recipient of a prestigious scholarship from the Philston Weiks Academy.
   When a mistake at provincials leads to Markus’s target being discounted, rumors begin going round tuition that he cheated. unexpectedly, Philston Weiks is “rethinking” Markus’s scholarship provide. They’ve additionally invited different gamers, together with Nick, to aim out for Markus’s spot. Nick is flattered yet conflicted. He’s lovely definite his brother didn’t cheat. yet can he end up it? And if he does, will he wreck his one probability to ultimately be within the highlight?

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My correct shoulder tenses as he swats at my follow his. “Nick! ” my teammate screams. “Over right here! ” I forget about him. the web is asking my identify. I drop my stick and rip an underhand shot, backside right—their goalie can’t block it. after which a physique, the left crease, cross-checks me on my correct facet and I’m knocked off my toes. The whistle blows. perform is over. I lie there, observing the arena’s ceiling. Banners with our team’s identify on them, Maplehurst Vikings, hold down from the rafters. trainer is gonna kill me. My lungs swell till they’re able to burst. i attempt to forget about the tingling the place my shoulder bit the concrete. “Nick! ” My teammate stands over me and takes to the air his helmet. I see the shaved-head silhouette of Markus, my brother. A bead of sweat from the top of his nostril drops via my face masks, and that i spit. “I was once extensive open. What the hell, guy? ” He used to be. I spit back. “Markus! ” shouts trainer Preston from the bench. “Get replaced, then come see me. ” I’m a bit relieved trainer didn’t ask for me. in spite of this, he’s stated lots to me this present day already. i assume he’s ultimately given up. Markus sighs and wipes his nostril at the again of his sleeve. He nudges me along with his foot. “Wait for me by means of the automobile. ” while I don’t say something, he shakes his head and follows the remainder of the Vikings to the swap room. I nonetheless lie there at the flooring, staring up on the ceiling. bankruptcy There’s this crusty odor that seeps out of my lacrosse bag. It’s consistently most powerful after perform. Like scorching canine which have been ignored within the sunlight for a very long time. And lemons, from no matter what spray my mother attempts to hose it down with. Sunbaked sizzling canines and lemons. That’s the after-practice stink. I sit down on a type of cement issues, the type you park your vehicle opposed to. perhaps I may still open up my bag, air it out a bit. My nostril scrunches. I don’t really need to need to take a seat the following and odor it even though. “You glance glum, Nickadoo. ” It’s Lindy Hilner. i do know it even ahead of I flip round to work out her rolling up in her blue Acura. She’s in any respect our video games, continuously volunteers to be timekeeper. even if she’s been doing it eternally, she infrequently talks to me. but if she does, she calls me Nickadoo. She’s referred to as me that for the reason that i used to be in 3rd grade and she or he used to be in fourth with Markus. I’m in 10th now, and you’d imagine I wouldn’t love it. yet on account that she misplaced her braces and stopped donning overalls, it’s tough to not like. “What? ” I say, noticing the crimson tank best she’s donning. “You glance down. ” “Rough practice,” I inform her. That’s a sarcasm. perform was once greater than tough. With provincials bobbing up and Maplehurst website hosting this 12 months, the town’s looking ahead to much from us. The Vikings were provincial champs for 9 years in a row, and this year’s alleged to be ten. trainer has been feeling the strain, getting on my case each minute. I wouldn’t brain if it was once simply because i used to be messing up much, or simply because i used to be being lazy. yet that isn’t his challenge. the matter trainer has with me is usually a similar challenge. the matter is, I’m now not Markus. “What are you doing? ” I ask Lindy, altering the topic.

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