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Un petit coup de main amical READER

One day Malik is a soccer phenom, dancing his way around the ball up and down the pitch.

The next day, he isn’t.

As if coming to terms with needing to use a wheelchair isn’t enough at 14 years old, Malik also has to face more changes, and all at once. Switching schools because of the family’s move to a new neighborhood, and changes in the relationship with his father due to the sudden absence of soccer in their lives, cause way too much stress. This new reality is NOT a good time for Malik.

Antoine is struggling in his relationship with his dad, too, mostly because he thinks his father wants him to be something Antoine is not - or at least he doesn’t think he is. Instead of practicing his guitar and trying to be as good as a musician as his father, Antoine just wants to be left alone to play video games with his friends.

The two boys meet at Malik’s new school, and, after a bit of a rocky start, they develop a friendship. Later, with the help of a professional hockey player, who is facing his own challenges, both Malik and Antoine begin to realize that what they think is reality is not the same as what really is.


This book is level 3.


Total words: 11,000; unique: 479; cognates: 220.


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Un petit coup de main amical READER