Undergrounders
Awards
  • Winner, OLA Silver Birch Award, Fiction, 2012
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice), 2013
  • Short-listed, Snow Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2012
  • Runner-up, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2013
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2012

Undergrounders Canadian Title

By David Skuy    Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443124645 Ebook
208 Pages | Ages 9 & Up
Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443107280 Paperback
208 Pages | 5" x 8" | Ages 9 & Up

Description:

Can playing hockey help a street kid get his life back?

After his mom dies, and the landlord kicks him out, 12-year-old Jonathan faces the loneliness and danger of life on the streets — until he meets Lewis. Lewis takes him under his wing and leads him to his new home among a group of kids living in an abandoned underground shopping mall who call themselves the "Undergrounders." Now renamed "Mouse," Jonathan runs errands, delivers packages and panhandles for food money.

An escape from this life underground comes to him in the form of hockey gear. Stolen hockey gear, but hockey gear nonetheless. He suits up and heads to the community rink, where he befriends regular kids who welcome him into their game and onto their team. He agrees, knowing he can never tell them about being homeless.

Playing hockey makes him feel like a kid again, but keeping his double life a secret proves to be more difficult and dangerous than he ever could have imagined.