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Grade 4-6–Josh Watson is chosen to attend an elite hockey camp for the summer and rooms with Peter Kuiksak, a talented Native player from the Northwest Territories. He struggles with the rigors of camp, intensified because of his diabetes, which he is trying to hide so he won't receive special treatment. He begins to like and respect Peter, and his loyalties are tested when he learns that the star player, Kevin, and other boys are planning on intensifying their cruel hazing of him. Josh rises to the occasion, stopping the roughing and scoring big because he stands up for what he believes. Although the message is not subtle, the hockey action is nonstop and full of excitement. Readers of sports fiction, especially hockey fans, will love it. The dialogue is brisk, and although character development takes second place to the action-driven plot, the book fills a niche for libraries looking for offerings that combine sports and an issue with which kids deal.–Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD
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Gr. 5-8. Josh Watson learns that he has been picked to attend an elite hockey camp in Calgary, run by a former NHL star. For Josh, though, the camp poses an extra challenge; he'll need to control his type 1 diabetes on his own. Josh's roommate, Peter, is a native Canadian from the remote Northwest Territories. The ostensible star of the team is Kevin, who is intimidated by Peter's superior hockey skills. When Josh discovers that Kevin is planning a cruel hazing attack on Peter, he tries to stop it. This is an old-fashioned sports story that delivers the basic message that fair play prevails over bullying. Josh's diabetes adds an extra dimension to the conventional goings-on, however, and the detailed and accurate accounts of the rigorous practice sessions should win over many young fans of the sport. Todd Morning
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