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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: Hockey, discrimination, mystery
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Oct/2008
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Twelve-year-old Jess and her friends have been playing hockey with the boys in Fort Desperation, Northwest Territories, since they were six years old. They'd like to start a girls' team in their community, but is tiny Fort Desperation ready for it? Somebody is trying to scare them off through acts of vandalism. Not only do Jess and her friends have to organize a team, find a coach and learn to play together, they have to unmask the Hockey Vandal. Can they do it before the Vandal destroys their team's hopes?

Carol Morin on CBC News: Northbeat
"An inspiring story about achieveing goals, finding pride, and building community. Absolutely delightful."
Elisabeth Reads blog
"There's a strong sense of community, and of place...Accessible, and a good balance of sports and mystery."
CM Magazine
"A terrific read... Not only is this a well-written book with a good plot, it is a lot of fun...Jess's views and her day-to-day life alone make this an interesting book to read. Add hockey and a mystery, and what more can kids in this age group want? Highly Recommended."
Resource Links
"Canadian content for young readers! Tremendously written...Young readers will learn about team work, cooperation, competition, success and failure."

Awards

Silver Birch Express Award nominee  | 2010 | Short-listed
Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2009 | Commended

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