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When You Least Expect It

When You Least Expect It
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Red Deer Press

Limited ***

5.5 X 7.3 in
464 pg

YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Water Sports


Holly Callahan is shattered when she's cut from a national rowing team. She returns home to a bizarre family situation, and summer rowing that isn't serious. When a knowledgeable, but mysterious, man at the club offers to coach her in a single, she secretly agrees. Where did he come from?


"There are very few, if any, fictionalized accounts related to the sport of rowing in Canada, and When You Least Expect It does an outstanding job of filling this niche, conveying the overwhelming physical demands and tenacity that are hallmarks of the art of rowing. An examination of the book cover spots adds further credibility with a recommendation written by Al Morrow, acclaimed and now retired Canadian Olympic Team Rowing Coach. This story is a compelling, page-turning read and was selected as a finalist for Alberta's 2022 R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature."
CM Magazine

"Lorna Schultz Nicholson's work is an inspiring reflection of the journey of a young athlete pursuing their dreams…This riveting story focuses on finding the balance between work and family — and between passion and obsession. It brings insight into the importance of family and surrounding yourself with people who push you forward. Anyone who has chased their dreams despite the setback, been forced to adapt to new circumstances, or just wants to know they'll be supported by the people they care about will find inspiration in these pages. Written for a young adult audience, this story tells its reader to live life without regrets, strive for your dreams, and not forget to live along the way."
Canadian Children's Book News

Author Bio

Lorna Schultz Nicholson
is the author of many books about Canadian sports figures, as well as the celebrated One-to-One series of novels. A former radio host and health & lifestyle reporter, she is now a full-time author and presenter. She lives with her family in Edmonton.