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Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Lorna Schultz Nicholson grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario, and as a child loved to read and write. But then athletics took over and she put it all aside to be a jock. She even went so far as to get her B Sc. in Human Performance from the University of Victoria. With her degree, she worked as the Fitness and Recreation Co-ordinator at UVic where she also coached rowing.

Later, her writing resurfaced in the media arena where she was a co-host and script writer for an aerobic television show in Victoria, B.C. (Think eighties, leg warmers) After moving to Ottawa, Ontario, she moved into the capacity of health and lifestyles reporter for a news show and researcher for a sports show, Donohue's Legends, at CJOH television. Finally, she hosted, produced and wrote all the material for her own syndicated radio show in Ottawa, titled Family Time.

She interviewed guests such as Mary Hart, Betty White, Dr. Joyce Brothers and Barbara Coloroso. As a compliment to her show she started writing an anecdotal column on the perils of raising children. By this time she'd had three beautiful children (Mandi, Marijean and Grant), with her husband, Bob. Then, because of Bob's job with Hockey Canada they moved to Calgary, Alberta, where she did a brief stint at writing magazine articles and a sports column. She also did a brief stint as a community events reporter for a local radio station. But Lorna really wanted to write books and be at home with her children so she quit all her part-time work and dedicated her time to raising her children and writing novels and non-fiction books.

She still lives in Calgary near those wonderful Rocky Mountains. Time has certainly flown by since she took the plunge to become a full-time writer and the children are not little anymore but young adults. While the children are away at their respective schools, Lorna and Bob spend their winters at home with the family pets - a crazy golden retriever named Snowball, a cuddly but whiny little bichon-shih tzu named Molly and a lazy cat named Oscar.

Big Air
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: 8; 9; 10; 11; 12;

Aboriginal snowboarder Jax has it made. He's in his last year at Podium Sports Academy and he's got a sponsorship from a big snowboarding company in the bag. But then his older brother, always the troublemaker in the family, shows up in Calgary unexpectedly. Suddenly Jax's sponsorship is threatened when the police come asking questions about a break-in at the house where he lives. He wants to help his brother, but will it cost him his future as a professional boarder?

Reviews
"The series is designed to connect with teens by dramatically leading them through the possibilities their choices create and offering wholesome suggestions for successful outcomes. Author Lorna Schultz Nicholson achieves this without ever appearing to be preaching to the reader. Big Air is highly recommended for any teens, and the series should be available in all middle years school libraries." — Sherry Faller, CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"What gives this story its depth is the abiding hatred the prejudiced policeman holds for Jax. Jax sees just how easy it is for dangerous stereotypes to rule the day." Rated E: excellent, enduring, everyone should read it! — Lesley Little, Resource Links

Educator & Series Information
The Podium Sports Academy series follows the lives of super-jocks at an elite high school as they train for a future in pro sports.

Interest age: From 13 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 2.5
Lexile Reading Level: 580L

Additional Information
144 pages | 5.50" x 8.50"

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$9.95

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Hoop Dreams
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 8; 9; 10; 11; 12;

Playing ball is what keeps Podium Sports Academy's basketball captain going when things get rough. When there's trouble back home, Allie turns to basketball. Ditto when her relationship is in trouble or when she's at odds with her friends. But then tragedy strikes when an old knee injury resurfaces and Allie is told she might not be able to play again. With her hope of a future as an elite basketball player gone, Allie is overwhelmed with dark thoughts and feels she has nothing left to live for. That is, until unexpected support comes from two unlikely sources: her folks back home and her friends at Podium, her home away from home.

Reviews
"I'm really impressed with the writing and character development. Dialogue is realistic, and the pacing is exciting. Will be recommending more from the Podium series." — Jaime Tong, Educator at Vancouver School Board

"Allie leads a cast of well-drawn, multicultural characters, some of whom have starred in other Podium books, giving a cohesive feel to this fictional high school. The action flows naturally, alternating between scenes of intense basketball action, solitary angst, and hanging with friends. Readers will identify with Allie’s struggles and second-guess her choices, making this a valuable and worthwhile read for all teens -- elite athletes or not. Gripping, relatable and fast-paced, these books will appeal to a wide-ranging audience, particularly to teens reading below age level."— Penny Draper, National Reading Campaign

"Hoop Dreams is the perfect book for my students who need a short novel to get them engaged in reading again."— Melissa S., Educator, NetGalley Reviewer

Educator & Series Information
The Podium Sports Academy series follows the lives of super-jocks at an elite high school as they train for a future in pro sports.

Interest age: From 13 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 2.9
Lexile Reading Level: HL550L

Additional Information
136 pages | 5.50" x 8.50"

Authentic Canadian Content
$9.95

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Roughing
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: 5; 6; 7; 8;

Josh Watson is chosen to attend an elite hockey camp for the summer and rooms with Peter Kuiksak, a talented Native player from the Northwest Territories. He struggles with the rigors of camp, intensified because of his diabetes, which he is trying to hide so he won't receive special treatment. He begins to like and respect Peter, and his loyalties are tested when he learns that the star player, Kevin, and other boys are planning on intensifying their cruel hazing of him. Josh rises to the occasion, stopping the roughing and scoring big because he stands up for what he believes. Although the message is not subtle, the hockey action is nonstop and full of excitement. Readers of sports fiction, especially hockey fans, will love it. The dialogue is brisk, and although character development takes second place to the action-driven plot, the book fills a niche for libraries looking for offerings that combine sports and an issue with which kids deal.

Book 1

Against the Boards is book 2
Northern Star is book 3

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$9.95

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