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ROUGHING (Sports Stories Series)

Author: Lorna Schultz Nicholson

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Publisher: James Lorimer & Company, Ltd., Publishers, ©2004

Material: paperback

Summary: Josh Watson is thrilled to be heading to hockey camp to skate with some of the best players from all over Canada. He's determined to show his mom he can handle his diabetes, and keep it a secret from his mates so he doesn't get marked as "special." It doesn't take long before Josh realizes he'll learn just as much off the ice as on it. This is a middle-reader sports chapter book about hockey and growing up.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 13; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 9 to 13

Young Reader Reaction: review pending

Adult Reader Reaction: This story moves along smoothly, if not predictably. The plot was more tightly woven than our introduction to Josh (Interference), making it a more enjoyable read.

Pros: The author draws out several "what would you do" scenarios that all teens deal with in some form or another, making it a thoughtful read for them and creating an opportunity to open family discussions.

Cons: None, really. If you're not a hockey fan and don't know the lingo, the visuals the author creates may ellude you.

Borrow or Buy: Definitely borrow. It's hard to find books that will interest pre-teen boys; this is probably one of them.

If You Liked This Book, Try: INTERFERENCE (Sports Stories Series)   JUST CALL ME JOE JOE   MUHAMMAD ALI (Matt Christopher Legends in Sports)

Educational Themes: The character situations create opportunities for discussions about friendship, right and wrong, acceptance, and the courage to do the right thing.

Literary Categories: Fiction - sports, health and medicine, family, series book

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2005

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