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Out of Reach (original 2003; edition 2008)

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Title:Out of Reach
Authors:V. M. Jones
Info:Marshall Cavendish Corp/Ccb (2008), Hardcover, 264 pages
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Juggling with Mandarins by V. M. Jones (2003)

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Thirteen year-old Pip hates going to his soccer games because of his dad. He's one of those obnoxious parents who yells and complains about every call. To make matters worse, Pip's older brother Nick is much better at soccer than he is. But when Pip accidentally sneaks into the brand new sports center just down the street before it opens, he finds the room with climbing walls and - before he realizes what he's doing - he climbs to the top without any ropes and finds a sport where he's a natural.

Pip - who starts going by Phil at the climbing gym - is especially likeable and you really feel his discomfort with soccer and his dad. There's also an awkward romance mixed into the story that will resonate with a lot of kids. In some ways it even felt a little like the original "Karate Kid," with the hero, the girl, and the bully, although with some slight variations, but still a well-written and easy read with a satisfying ending. There's a small amount of profanity and one crude joke, but it's mostly a clean book. I also liked the New Zealand setting in the story (at least I think that's where he lived). ( )
  J.Green | Aug 26, 2014 |
Thirteen year-old Pip hates going to his soccer games because of his dad. He's one of those obnoxious parents who yells and complains about every call. To make matters worse, Pip's older brother Nick is much better at soccer than he is. But when Pip accidentally sneaks into the brand new sports center just down the street before it opens, he finds the room with climbing walls and - before he realizes what he's doing - he climbs to the top without any ropes and finds a sport where he's a natural.

Pip - who starts going by Phil at the climbing gym - is especially likeable and you really feel his discomfort with soccer and his dad. There's also an awkward romance mixed into the story that will resonate with a lot of kids. In some ways it even felt a little like the original "Karate Kid," with the hero, the girl, and the bully, although with some slight variations, but still a well-written and easy read with a satisfying ending. There's a small amount of profanity and one crude joke, but it's mostly a clean book. I also liked the New Zealand setting in the story (at least I think that's where he lived). ( )
  J.Green | Aug 26, 2014 |
Thirteen year-old Pip hates going to his soccer games because of his dad. He's one of those obnoxious parents who yells and complains about every call. To make matters worse, Pip's older brother Nick is much better at soccer than he is. But when Pip accidentally sneaks into the brand new sports center just down the street before it opens, he finds the room with climbing walls and - before he realizes what he's doing - he climbs to the top without any ropes and finds a sport where he's a natural.

Pip - who starts going by Phil at the climbing gym - is especially likeable and you really feel his discomfort with soccer and his dad. There's also an awkward romance mixed into the story that will resonate with a lot of kids. In some ways it even felt a little like the original "Karate Kid," with the hero, the girl, and the bully, although with some slight variations, but still a well-written and easy read with a satisfying ending. There's a small amount of profanity and one crude joke, but it's mostly a clean book. I also liked the New Zealand setting in the story (at least I think that's where he lived). ( )
  J.Green | Aug 26, 2014 |
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In her second children’s novel, the award-winning author carefully portrays a young boy’s struggle against the overpowering influence of his ambitious father. The first-person narrator Pip (named after a Charles Dickens character by his mother) knows he is different from his older brother Nick, an ace footballer. As much as Pip would like to win his father’s respect, he abhors his competitive attitude towards sport. This summer, the quiet boy sets himself a new goal: He learns how to juggle. With great determination, he manages to juggle not only a few mandarins but also, metaphorically, his emotions, relationships, and life’s ups and downs. In the end, he also finds the strength to confront and make peace with his father. (11+)
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Pressured by his aggressively competitive father to play soccer, teenaged Pip McLeod secretly pursues a sport that he truly enjoys--indoor rock climbing.

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