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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.

Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, c2011
ISBN: 9781443107280
Characteristics: 194 p


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Dec 14, 2020

I love this book. It was such a good read. I read the book in class. He is one of my favourite authors. I was suggested for grade 5 and up because of its strong language, but still it was a great read for me. This book had a great topic.

Jun 24, 2017

Undergrounders is a very touching novel by Canadian author David Skuy about a young boy named Jonathan who finds himself homeless after his mother passes away, his stepfather leaves, and his landlord kicks him out. Forced to live in an underground mall with a bunch of other homeless kids, Jonathan soon finds his refuge - hockey. Jonathan joins a team but struggles to hide the fact that he is homeless. This book is really amazing and a real page-turner. You won’t want to put it down. 4/5 stars.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

May 07, 2017

i love this book

Dec 26, 2014

This book is juicy and every sentence draws you in. This book is about a young boy named Jonathon. He used to have a home until is mother died of cancer. His father left him when he was a baby. Jonathon is homeless and he lives in a run down mall called the Underground. Jonathon loves playing hockey and becomes noticed by other kids. He gets invited onto a hockey team and gets adopted. It is a great book.

Mar 06, 2014

I remember reading this book for Silver Birch 2 years ago, and voted for it. I read it now, and I still think it's an incredible book. The drama and the emotion in the book is outstanding, and during the end, it gets more and more exciting. This is a book that I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and I will remember this book for years to come.

P.S. I'm pretty sure I'm Allen10010111! :P

Jan 07, 2013


Jan 07, 2013

best book. really good

Jul 06, 2012

A sad exploration of what life might be like for a homeless youth. It was nice that he had something he loved, that enabled him to be valued as a person and then reintegrated into normal life.

Apr 17, 2012

i only read a tiny bit and it was amazing!

Apr 16, 2012

This book was just amazing! 5 stars! (Again.) I love how it's written. I wonder what I would do if I was like Johnathon... (I'm a reggie!!)

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Apr 16, 2012

After Jhonathon's mom dies Jhonathon had been living in the "underground" with other undergrounders like him. But after robbing a store that sells hockey equitment, Jhonathon sneaks on the ice for the first time he'd ever skated in years. When Rasheed, a rep hockey player, asks Jhonathon to try out for his hockey team, Jhonathon feels like the happiest person in the world. Will his life change for good? Will he prove to the undergrounders that he's not a wimp? Find out if you read the book!! (Amazing book!!)

Feb 14, 2012

Ever since his mom died, Jonothan has been on his own, living on the streets, kicked out by the landlord. The Underground gives him a place to sleep, but it's not like having a real home or being a regular kid. After stealing some hockey equipment, Jonothan, otherwise known as Mouse, picks up his old hobby, hockey, and joins a hockey team. But what to do with his other problems like eating, and paying the owner of the Underground? And what to do when he gets kicked out of the Underground?

Jan 25, 2012

This book is about a boy named Jonathan. Ever since his mom died of cancer, he's been living in this place called "the underground". He tries hard to live with the rough conditions and makes some friends along the way. One day he gets some skates and tries them out at the local arena. He meets some "reggies" who want him to come and play on their team. Of course his underground friends do not aprove of this. Find out what happends next!! Don't forget to vote! :)


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Feb 24, 2012

...and Ron said, "No problem, Angela." I heard him say it... Ron was a liar, that's for sure, because he dissapeared after my mom died... I woke up...and he was gone... Then someone started pounding on the door... and there was the landlord...with angry eyes. "I knew you were no good!" he yelled. "I [shouldn't]... rent to losers." ... "...Now you have to clear out in ten minutes or I'm calling th ecops. Ten minutes or you're going to jail!" ...My mom had no family. Ron was supposed to take care of me. I never knew my dad...I stuffed some clothes into a knapsack...left that apartment and never looked back. Been on the streets since then...Lewis...got me into the Underground.

Feb 23, 2012

Weird how I hated hockey now. I used to love it.....I tried to remember when I had last played. For sure way before my mom died, maybe before we moved..... I usually forced myself not to think of my mom because it made me too sad. Once I cried about her a bit and one of the Undergrounders... made fun of me and everyone was laughing and calling me a big baby and stuff...... I was in the hospital room when Mom begged Ron to take care of me after she died because there was no one else....and Ron said, "No problem, Angela."

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Feb 16, 2012

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