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Ice Attack

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Alex and Bill were once an unbeatable combination on the Lakers hockey team. Alex, with his shorter legs and lower centre of gravity, can be "faster than a speeding bullet" on the ice. He hates being short, but uses it to his advantage. When he passes to Bill, the captain of the team and star player, the puck always finds the net. But Alex and Bill haven't been hitting it off lately. Bill's show-off tactics are getting on Alex's nerves. During one game, Alex refuses to pass the puck to Bill. Suddenly, the two ...
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Overview

Alex and Bill were once an unbeatable combination on the Lakers hockey team. Alex, with his shorter legs and lower centre of gravity, can be "faster than a speeding bullet" on the ice. He hates being short, but uses it to his advantage. When he passes to Bill, the captain of the team and star player, the puck always finds the net. But Alex and Bill haven't been hitting it off lately. Bill's show-off tactics are getting on Alex's nerves. During one game, Alex refuses to pass the puck to Bill. Suddenly, the two boys seem more like enemies. Bill even gets the team to gang up on Alex. As Alex feels more and more under attack, he considers quitting the game. A freak accident changes everything...
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Part of the Canadian series "Sports Stories," this novel is built around the game of hockey. Twelve-year-old Alex plays on his junior high school team with his best friend Bill. To Alex's confusion, Bill starts to ignore him, then pick on him, and finally turns the team against him. Eventually it is revealed that Bill is lashing out because he's jealous of Alex's happy home life. Bill has been keeping his parents' separation a secret. Brought together by their mothers and the love of a dog, the boys are able to reconcile. Vandervelde deals realistically with adolescent bullying and the confused and hurt reaction of the victim. Those who have been ostracized by former friends will be able to relate to Alex. However, those with no hockey background may become confused and bored with the numerous, detailed descriptions of hockey games and practices. Hockey fans will appreciate the authenticity. 2002, James Lorimer,
— Renée Englot <%ISBN%>1550288296
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550288308
  • Publisher: Lorimer, James & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/4/2002
  • Series: Lorimer Sports Stories Series , #58
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Blue Twenty-Two 1
2 Steak Out 7
3 Changes 16
4 Pass 19
5 Showdown 23
6 Storm Warnings 28
7 Memories 37
8 Snowed in 43
9 "Superstar" 51
10 Alex Sidelined 58
11 Bill Sidelined 64
12 The Invitation 73
13 Strategy 80
14 Faceoff 90
15 Breakthrough 95
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