Title: Hockey Agony
Category: Academic Wings
Author: Donna McDine
Artist: Julie Hammond
PRINT Paperback ISBN: 9781616333607; 161633360X
E-book ISBN: 9781616333614; 1616333618
Price: $12.95 hard cover / $9.95 paperback / $5.00 e-book
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
What a wonderful chapter book for teens. The book addresses important issues such as attitude, respect, discipline, cheating, honesty, and peer pressure. It is a must-read for all children age 8 and up.
Who would have thought that playing hockey would have be so agonizing and have so many important lessons for the players? But playing hockey, as most other sports, teaches kids a lot of important habits and it makes them much more resilient and able to cope with many of life’s challenges.
When Larry breaks his leg playing hockey, the coach gives him the opportunity and responsibility to be in the score box to run the clock. At first Larry is not happy, and his tone to his coach is anything but respectful. You see, he had to sit with the opposing team player to run the clock, and the thought of this made him more than a bit uncertain. But he decided to try it.
When his peers and friends learned that he would be running the clock at the hockey game, they tried to set him up to lie and cheat. But when push came to shove, he acted honestly and with integrity. What a GREAT message for kids!
I recommend this book for all older kids and teens. It will teach teens and kids many important lessons about peer pressure and honesty. And when all is said and done, honesty is more important than belonging to any group.
Rating: 5+ Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth