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Posted February 25, 2012
Jessie Stackhouse is a black teen and hockey phenom recruited to a prestigious prep school during the height of the civil rights movement. From the moment Jessie arrives at Springvale Academy, he’s accosted with seething hatred from his classmates, teammates, hockey coach and don’t get me started on the racist locals. Riveted, I kept wondering how he was going to make this impossible and very often lonely situation work. Thank goodness for Stick, Jessie’s quick witted roommate and friend and Frenchie, the one teammate who stands up for Jessie. My heart ached so badly every time Jessie was brutalized and taunted that I wanted him to quit, go home and just be safe. But this smart, amazing young man perseveres against unsurmountable odds and head held high, proves himself a winner--a survivor. I cheered because no one deserved it more! When the final buzzer sounds, Dave Hendrickson’s Cracking the Ice will have you shouting GOOOAAAALLLL!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.