Debbie Spring
   
 

Debbie Spring has been writing for over twenty years. Her publication The Righteous Smuggler from The Holocaust Remembrance Series (Second Story Press) was shortlisted for CBC’s Young Canada Reads. Her short story “The Kayak” was published in the anthology Takes: Stories for Young Adults (Thistledown Press), which won the Canadian Library Association’s Young Adult Award and the Saskatchewan Book Award for Education. She has been three times winner of the Brendon Donnelly Children’s Literature Award for Excellence. Debbie Spring lives in Thornhill, Ontario.

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juvenile novel

trade paper / 144 pages / 2008

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World Rights Available

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ISBN: 978-1-897235-42-3
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Debbie Spring

Breathing Soccer is the realistic account of Lisa who is forbidden to play soccer because she has asthma. At its core the novel reveals the plight of asthmatics who desire the challenge and thrill of sports, but who must weigh that desire against some very real health issues. Dr. Emerson, Lisa’s family doctor, has warned her that her asthma must be taken seriously, and that the aggressive demands that soccer places on her breathing could be lethal. Her parents believe the doctor and as a result become overly protective. Even her soccer coach, Wilcox, decides not to play her in the games because he does not want to take a chance on her getting sick and weakening the team’s chance to win.
But just when it seems that the world has conspired against her, while watching the Olympic Games, Lisa discovers a new source of strength in the example of Olympic Rower Silken Laumann. Lisa is inspired by Silken who, after a terrible accident, was told by doctors that her career was over, but who rose above their verdict to overcome her own barriers in order to win the Bronze medal for Canada.


Ages 9-12

  •  Nominated for the 2010 Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award

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Juvenile Novel

128 pages / trade paper

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ISBN: 978-1-897235-71-3
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Being involved in sports took Teresa’s mind off some of the demands that teens typically face, but after she was hit by a car while jogging, she realized that fate can strike at any time and that what happens next defines you.
Living her life in a wheelchair limits Teresa’s choices profoundly. Smothered by her overbearing parents, she finds personal power, peace, and independence only by kayaking. On the water she is in control of her life, capable, connected. In her kayak her anger, disappointment, and embarrassment give way to confidence, and the return to land always weighs heavily on her.

One day, Teresa rescues a wind surfer, and meeting him seems to alter the course of her life. Jamie doesn’t look away from her wheelchair, and wants to know her better. He triggers her long wished-for feelings of acceptance and belonging, and she begins to see herself differently — not just as a victim in a wheelchair, nor as a maven of the kayak, but rather someone who can bridge the experience of those extremes. But Teresa knows that if she is going to be with Jamie she will have to push herself to try things that she has never tried before. As she adapts to her changing world, she begins to realize that people’s motives are not entirely transparent, and lurking beneath the surface are unknown forces that can sweep you away.

Ages 8-12

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