Colder Than Ice

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Josh isn't happy to be starting at a new school. Maybe it's a chance to be somebody—not so easy for a kid who's been pretty average and is overweight besides. But he is pumped when a cool kid asks hims to play ice hockey.

Josh Showalter, an insecure and overweight sixth-grader, hopes for a new start when he transfers to a school in northern Idaho, but he and his new friends are soon the target of a cold-hearted bully.

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Overview

Josh isn't happy to be starting at a new school. Maybe it's a chance to be somebody—not so easy for a kid who's been pretty average and is overweight besides. But he is pumped when a cool kid asks hims to play ice hockey.

Josh Showalter, an insecure and overweight sixth-grader, hopes for a new start when he transfers to a school in northern Idaho, but he and his new friends are soon the target of a cold-hearted bully.

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Josh clearly wants to be accepted by the popular seventh graders as he starts sixth grade at his new school, but also knows the other new students, Skye and Mark, have more integrity and enduring friendship qualities. The ring leader, Corey, butters up Josh and convinces him he is the perfect choice to play on their hockey team, but he really only wants Josh to test the ice of the near frozen pond before they risk their own lives. Corey teases Skye unmercifully and bullies his "friends" into doing what he wants. Mark, who is borderline autistic, is often in his own world, but comes through in emergency situations. His voice is usually an octave above normal and he endlessly takes photos with his digital camera. Hockey skates show up mysteriously on Josh's doorstep just a few days before the pond freezes over. Even though the ice may not be solid, Corey is ready for practice and has the team meet at the pond. When Skye and Mark convince Josh not to go out on the ice, Corey turns mean and shoves Alex out, throwing stones to get him to move to the middle of the lake. When the ice breaks, Corey and his cohorts flee, but Josh, Skye, and Mark (after Mark has documented the whole situation with his camera) make their way out onto the ice and rescue Alex. Josh learns who his real friends are and Mark basks in his new superhero role. 2003, Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 11 to 14.
—Janet L. Rose
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Josh, an overweight sixth grader, isn't happy about starting a new school in northern Idaho three months into the school year, but he quickly makes friends with Mark and Skye. Much to Josh's delight, one of the cool kids, smooth-talking Corey, also seems interested in being his friend. Skye and Mark don't trust Corey and warn Josh that he is only being nice to him because his dad is the new high school coach. As the weather grows colder, the kids venture over to the pond despite their teacher's warning that the ice is not thick enough. Corey pressures Josh to be the first one out on it; when he refuses, the bully sends out one of his cronies, Alex, who also happens to be overweight, and Josh gets some quick lessons in friendship and courage. As expected, Alex plunges through the ice, but Josh, Mark, and Skye are able to rescue him before it's too late. This fast-moving story is simple, straightforward, and effective, and has characters who are true to life. Anyone who has ever been new to a school, dealt with bullies, or just not known whom to trust will relate to Josh and his dilemmas.-Karen T. Bilton, Somerset County Library, Bridgewater, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807581360
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Albert Whitman Prairie Bks.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 262,121
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 5.46 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2007

    Read This Book

    I think this book is a very good lesson not to be a bully to people of all ages. I also feel that it teaches you lessons about life. Josh and Mark are truley amazing kids. But Cory is a bully and takes them for granted!! It is fun-filled and you always want to turn the page!! I highly reccomend this wonderful book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2006

    Not that great.

    Well I am a 6th grader, and I am participating in the battle of the books. This is one of the many books chosen. I read the book and was very disappointed I thought it would be way better. The characters weren¿t drawn out very well even though the author did describe the setting well. Also it was very dull. Not making you keep reading on. As a Childs point of view I suggest that you shouldn¿t read the book.

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