"A novel of courage and achievement told from the point of view of four native youths who must learn to cope with life off the reserve and their friend's illness…Many life lessons are taught with meaningful thematic messages, values and spirit…Highly recommended for primary/junior male readers both for recreational reading and for literature circles or discussion groups." (Resource Links
"Part of the terrific Orca Young Readers collection, A Different Game
is the story of four boys who strive to make their school's soccer team only to discover that sometimes you get call[ed] up to play in a bigger game, and that life, like soccer, is better when it's a team effort...A solid, well-crafted story with strong, likable characters that will appeal to readers from Grade 3 up." (FernFolio blog
From the Back Cover
For-mi-da-ble: inspiring respect or wonder because of size, strength or ability. "Formidable," Murphy says to his cat, Mousetrap. "The Formidable Four. That's us, MT. What do you think about that?" It's no secret. Never before has the Long Inlet Tribal School produced so many talented soccer players. In this sequel to Murphy and Mousetrap, the Formidable Four-Murphy, Danny, Jeff and Albert-are moving up to middle school and trying out for the soccer team. They're pretty confident that they will all make the team, but once the tryouts begin, Albert, the tribal-school superstar, plays like a second stringer and acts like a jerk. When Murphy and his friends discover the truth about their teammate, they realize that Albert is playing a whole different game.