UndergroundersBook - 2011
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.
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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!!)
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?
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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...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.
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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