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Publisher: James Lorimer & Company, Ltd., Publishers,
Summary: Josh Watson is thrilled to be heading to hockey camp to skate with some of the best players from all over Canada. He's determined to show his mom he can handle his diabetes, and keep it a secret from his mates so he doesn't get marked as "special." It doesn't take long before Josh realizes he'll learn just as much off the ice as on it. This chapter book for pre-teens and young teens is all about hockey and growing up.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 13; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 9 to 13
Young Reader Reaction: review pending
Adult Reader Reaction: This story moves along smoothly, if not predictably. The plot was more tightly woven than our introduction to Josh (Interference), making it a more enjoyable read.
Pros: The author draws out several "what would you do" scenarios that all teens deal with in some form or another, making it a thoughtful read for them and creating an opportunity to open family discussions.
Cons: None, really. If you're not a hockey fan and don't know the lingo, the visuals the author creates may ellude you.
Borrow or Buy: Definitely borrow. It's hard to find books that will interest pre-teen boys; this is probably one of them.