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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & Mcintyre; 1st Printing edition (Sept. 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550542680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550542684
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #287,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pete McCormack, a musician, fledgling scriptwriter and playwright, has a remarkable achievement in this first novel, which has been published in the United States and optioned for a film in Hollywood. An admirer of the CBC, a lover of public libraries, and chronically anxious about both, McCormack reminds us that no generation is homogeneous or speaks with only one voice.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Willi Friml on Dec 7 2000
James Herriot, John Irving, and Pete McCormack. These are the few authors whose works I have insisted on reading aloud to my newspapers-only husband. It was difficult to control the laughter while reading aloud, and impossible to read other passages without choking back tears. The story is related by a ten/eleven year-old boy whose passion is hockey, though he knows he's only the second-best player, and whose world is getting out of control both on and off the ice. His parents are separating and his father is behaving strangely. The boy feels that the responsibility of keeping the family together, and winning hockey for the team falls squarely on his shoulders. In a show of support for his Dad, he decides to live with him. He then tries to adjust to a new home where Dad keeps knocking walls out, a new school and friends, and an unsympathetic teacher. This novel covers current issues of how divorce affects children; how sports can bring out the 'ugly' in adults; and how children cope with loss. It sounds heavy, but it is related with a child's simplicity, optimism, and humour. It is an 'easy' read that would appeal to a wide audience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
understanding separation, divorce, sports, & finally ken Dec 7 2000
By Willi Friml - Published on Amazon.com
James Herriot, John Irving, and Pete McCormack. These are the few authors whose works I have insisted on reading aloud to my newspapers-only husband. It was difficult to control the laughter while reading aloud, and impossible to read other passages without choking back tears. The story is related by a ten/eleven year-old boy whose passion is hockey, though he knows he's only the second-best player, and whose world is getting out of control both on and off the ice. His parents are separating and his father is behaving strangely. The boy feels that the responsibility of keeping the family together, and winning hockey for the team falls squarely on his shoulders. In a show of support for his Dad, he decides to live with him. He then tries to adjust to a new home where Dad keeps knocking walls out, a new school and friends, and an unsympathetic teacher. This novel covers current issues of how divorce affects children; how sports can bring out the 'ugly' in adults; and how children cope with loss. It sounds heavy, but it is related with a child's simplicity, optimism, and humour. It is an 'easy' read that would appeal to a wide audience.
If you like Catcher in the Rye... July 6 2011
By M. McConnell - Published on Amazon.com
...Then I think you will enjoy this. Somehow McCormack is able to remember and put into words the thoughts of a 10 year old and use the same "stream of consciousness" voice that I recall from "Catcher". While reading this, I spent half the time laughing, half the time crying, and all the time able to be immersed in this book...

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