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Rooster Cobb is in trouble—with his school, with his mother, with his girlfriend. He smokes too much and he hates his stepfather. In fact, he might not graduate from high school. But he just...
Rooster Cobb is in trouble—with his school, with his mother, with his girlfriend. He smokes too much and he hates his stepfather. In fact, he might not graduate from high school. But he just...
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  • Rooster Cobb is in trouble—with his school, with his mother, with his girlfriend. He smokes too much and he hates his stepfather. In fact, he might not graduate from high school. But he just doesn't seem to care. That is until the guidance counselor and the principal come up with a plan to get Rooster through grade twelve, out of their lives forever and possibly on the right track with his life. The last thing Rooster wants to do is coach The Strikers, a bowling team of special-needs adults, especially when he finds out he's going to be mentored by the most unpopular girl in school, the principal's daughter, Elma. When he starts to take coaching seriously, his friends make fun of him, and his girlfriend accuses him of taking the easy way out. But when one of The Strikers dies unexpectedly, Rooster discovers there are as many ways to be a hero as there are ways to mess up.

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  • Don Trembath was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He studied at the University of Alberta and has written for weekly and daily newspapers, local and national magazines, and a host of trade publications. Don currently lives in the town of Morinville, Alberta with his wife, Lisa, their three kids, three laid back cats, and their neighbor's big dog.

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  • School Library Journal

    January 1, 2006
    Gr 9 Up -Since the death of his father seven years ago, 17-year-old Rooster has developed an anti-authority attitude. The only subject he enjoys is writing. He is given one last chance to earn a diploma when his principal appoints him to mentor the -Strikers, - a bowling team made up of four special-needs adults. Their caregiver would like them to qualify for the Special Olympics, but they lack the discipline to succeed. Not only is Rooster hesitant to lead the group, but he is also paired up with the principal's bossy, straight-A daughter, Elma, who challenges everything he does. He gradually earns the group's trust, so the sudden death of a teammate affects him more than he expected. When the bowlers achieve their goal, his job is over. Then he is given an assignment to write about the Strikers, tries his hand at it, and finds satisfaction. This project and revelations about his father's love of reading help Rooster find peace within himself. Now, instead of burying his memories, he has found a way to connect with and honor them. Rooster is a believable young man who is barely going through the motions of life. With spot-on dialogue and riotous arguments among the Strikers, this is a smart story peppered with mature situations." -Karen Hoth, Marathon Middle/High School, FL"

    Copyright 2006 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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