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Book Review: ‘Hockey Agony’ by Donna McDine

Hockey Agony, by Donna McDine and illustrated by Julie Hammond, is a must read.  I like the subject matter of the book.  As a parent and educator, I am always looking for books that teach about integrity.

Hockey Agony reducedThe main character Larry, a teenager, and excellent hockey player, can’t play because of a broken leg. Much to his dismay a bully has taken his coveted spot on the team. Coach gives Larry the job of clock runner in the next game. Peter, the bully expects and pressures Larry to cheat in favor of their team.

Will Larry bow down to temptation and cheat in favor of the team?

As parents, we hope the lessons we teach our children will help them make the right decision in times of pressure.  We can’t be with our children twenty four hours a day, we can only hope they take the high road and do the right thing in tough situations.

Julie Hammond’s artwork captures the essence of the story.  The facial expressions give the story that extra special feeling of being there in person.

Hockey Agony is a classic book, and I believe it can be used to teach children how to handle pressure.

About Nicole Weaver

Nicole weaver is an award-winning author. Her first trilingual book Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle was published in 2009. Her love for languages and other cultures resulted in publishing the award-winning book, My Sister Is My Best Friend which was published in 2011 by Guardian Angel Publishing. My Sister Is My Best Friend has won the following awards: 2012 Creative Child Awards Program consisting of moms and educators has awarded this book the 2012 PREFERRED CHOICE AWARD Kids Picture Storybooks category. 2012 Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval 2012 Children's Literary Classics Gold Award Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review Her newest book , My Brother Is My Best Friend was also published by Guardian Angel Publishing, January 2014.

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