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Jack's a star player on an elite soccer team along with his brother, Alex. The Lancers are on top of the league, even favored to win the National Championship. But the game's about to change. A slick bookie wins Jack's friendship and introduces him to illegal betting. Before long, Jack is hooked on the adrenaline rush, and early wins convince him that gambling could make h ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by Orca Book Publishers
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Mary Hosmar
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it
In this, her debut Young Adult Novel, Heather O’Connor sets a high standard for herself.
Jack and his brother, Alex, both play for and elite soccer academy with an eye to being moved to the pros one day. Both are excellent players, but Jack has an unusual edge in that he can plan out the entire game, play for play, in his head. This makes him great at fantasy soccer where he almost never loses. Jack’s part time job with the academy’s pro team and has taught him a lot about the various players and
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Heidi
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First off, I don’t know soccer from hockey. That makes this author a magician. For Heather O’Connor to write a gripping YA novel centred on a sport I’ve never watched, and yet craft the novel such that I can’t put it down, is a tribute to her art and her ability to channel her passion for the game.

In fact, having no experience with soccer had the benefit of throwing the writing—the pitch-perfect voice, the authenticity of the school, team and home relationships, the spiky plotline, the many wond
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Xavier Baez
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
the betting game is about A soccer star player named Jack and he was on a soccer team along with brother Alex.The Lancers are on the top of the league,even favored to win the National Championships.But the game was about to change a slick bookies have won and Jack Friendship and the introduces him to illegal betting.Before Long,Jack hooked on the adrenaline rush,and early wins convinces him Gambling could make him rich And Meanwhile, an ever-widening rift is forming between the two Brothers and ...more
Dan Jackman
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-read
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

A fast read, I finished it in a day. An entertaining enough read even if I found the consequences of the hero's actions a little unrealistic. Catches the mood and the spirit of Soccer quite well. The characters are presented with a genuine enthusiasm. The author's love for the game does shine through. Would work as a read to fill your time on a couple of long subway rides.
Anne
Jack is an excellent soccer player and is on a very select team. Sadly, he makes poor choices in a new friend, Luka, who is a bookie. Luka enables Jack to make some bets and while his system works for a while, it soon breaks down and Jack owes Luka an astonishing amount of money. None of Jack's choices look good for how to get himself out of this mess.
An Orca Sports novel.
Jennifer Mook-Sang
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
i raced through this book in one evening. though i don't know soccer, i found the action exciting and my heart was in my mouth, wondering how jack would solve his deadly problem. great story, believable characters, thrilling ending.
Kate Blair
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Heather O'Connor certainly knows her football! Would recommend this for sport-loving reluctant readers.
Terry Johnson
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Learned lots about soccer reading this one! Great fast pace too!
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Heather M. O'Connor is an award-winning writer, editor and author based in Whitby, Ontario.

She is the author of Betting Game (Orca Books, 2015), an action-packed YA sports novel that throws an elite soccer player into the murky world of illegal gambling.

Heather also writes short stories, fantasy, historical fiction and nonfiction for adults and children.

Always an avid reader, she first tried her h
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