A Mighty Wall by John Foley

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"Fast-paced and easy to read. . . an engaging and reassuring story about friendship, love and loss, and truly living in the present moment."
—Bill Sherwonit, author of To the Top of Denali and Living with Wildness: An Alaskan Odyssey

A Long Way Down

A lifelong climber, seventeen-year-old Jordan spends as much time as he can scaling the crags outside his Washington hometown. His friend A.J., a fellow climber and popular super-jock, keeps the gorilla football players off Jordan's back, and his girlfriend Juana likes the crags as much as he does. All in all, Jordan's got a crimp hold on happiness.

But even the tightest grip is useless if a piece of the rock breaks away. For the climber, there are only two absolutes in life: gravity and death. Unfortunately, Jordan can't protect his friends from either.

Praise for John Foley

"Convincing and exciting-Hoops of Steel
is terrific and deserves a wide audience."
-Carl Deuker, author of Night Hoops

"[Running With the Wind is] a powerful and honest approach to coping with life's difficulties."
-School Library Journal


About John Foley

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John Foley is a high school teacher in Washington State. He previously worked as a newspaper reporter in the Chicago suburbs and Alaska, covering sports, cops, features and any other beat that didn't require him to attend sanitary sewer meetings. Following a career change to teaching, he worked in Alaskan villages for several years, which led to his memoir Tundra Teacher . Hoops of Steel is based in part on his experiences as a basketball player. Foley was second string on the junior varsity at a Division III school, but prefers to simply say that he "played college ball.
Published April 8, 2009 by Flux. 229 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Jordan, a 17-year-old lover of rock climbing, becomes a pariah at his high school and the target of bullies when he is blamed for the accidental death of A.J., a star football player and Jordan's friend, in a climbing accident.

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