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.
The 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.