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"Rabbit" Labelle loves football, but the tiny, rural Maine town where he lives isn't big enough to support a team. After his father moves the family to the big, bad city, Rabbit finally gets his chance to play the sport he loves the most, but he must also confront the dangers of "Lynn, Lynn, City of Sin." Since it's 1967 and cities are torn by racial turmoil, this includes ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published January 7th 2015 by Pentucket Publishing (first published December 12th 2014)
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Jacob Zamorano
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Offside by David H. Hendrickson is a fictional story about a boy who witnesses many problems such as bullying and racism. David “Rabbit” Labelle is a boy who is very passionate about football. He lives in a small town in Maine where everyone knows his name. He can't play football because of the small number of students. His dad gets a promotion and suddenly, everything starts to change. He has to move away to Lynn, Massachusetts or as he calls it Lynn, Lynn, the City of Sin. He is afraid to mov ...more
Sarah Phelan
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable, fast-paced storytelling about difficult times in our City!
Nick Iovino
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great page-turner

A wonderful and heartfelt tale of boyhood that is both relatable and unique. You won't regret picking this one up and not putting it down.
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I am not a sports fan. While I can enjoy entertainment with a sports theme, it has to get past my ignorance of the given sport and stay interesting.

The movie, "Remember the Titans," did just that. And, in a similar way, so did Dave Hendrickson's novel "Offside." Set in the city of Lyn (which our young protagonist Rabbit hears is "Lyn, Lyn, city of sin") in 1967, Rabbit, who had always lived in a small Maine town, is forced to deal with the city's problems which include bubbling racial unrest.

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David H. Hendrickson’s first novel, Cracking the Ice, was praised by Booklist as “a gripping account of a courageous young man rising above evil.” He has since published five additional novels, including Offside, which has been adopted for high school student required reading.

His short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and numerous anthologies, including multiple issues of Fi
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