Ice Magic

Ice Magic

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by Matt Christopher
     
 

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ICE MAGIC A strange power is at work in the rink... Pie Pennelli loves to play ice hockey, but he's got some problems: his hand-me-down skates are too big for him, and one of his teammates is always giving him a hard time. But Pie's troubles really begin when his next-door neighbors find an antique hockey game. They swear the game is magic and can predict every

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ICE MAGIC A strange power is at work in the rink... Pie Pennelli loves to play ice hockey, but he's got some problems: his hand-me-down skates are too big for him, and one of his teammates is always giving him a hard time. But Pie's troubles really begin when his next-door neighbors find an antique hockey game. They swear the game is magic and can predict every play Pie's team will make! When the magic game shows Pie immobilized in midgame, what does it mean for Pie on the ice?

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Penguins hockey team player Pie Pennelli's skating is impeded by his loose skates which his college-age brother Pat gave him because his family cannot afford new skates. Pie perseveres, playing adequately in games, but realizes he could excel if had tighter skates. He resents irritating teammate Terry Mason who constantly criticizes Pie. Tension with Terry agitates Pie whose negative reactions result in time-outs in the penalty box and disapproval from Coach Hayes. Twins Joliette and Jody Byrd, who live in Pie's neighborhood, attend Pie's games and divulge a secret: they have a toy hockey game which reveals how Pie's future matches will unfold. Pie watches the twins play before his next game and is fascinated when the toy's results are repeated at the rink. When that toy is missing, Pie assumes Terry stole it and accuses him. Pie's experiences both on and off the rink reinforce his sense of teamwork and empathy, even for people he dislikes. The toy's magical functioning and why it only plays Pie's games in advance are not adequately explained. Pie's too-large skates problem seems implausible because surely his coach would have sought a way to equip Pie with a more suitable pair to prevent injuries and enhance his performance. Readers might prefer Bruce Brooks' "The Wolfbay Wings" hockey books. This is part of "The New Matt Christopher Sports Library" series. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812464979
Publisher:
Little, Brown & Company
Publication date:
09/01/1988
Series:
Matt Christopher Sports Series
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Matt Christopher (1917-1997) was an American writer of children's books. He wrote more than 400 novels and short stories, mainly featuring sports. After his death, his family has overseen the production of ghost written books under his name. Born in Bath, Pennsylvania, Christopher was a gifted athlete as a child, which influenced his primary topic of writing. In addition to sports books, he also enjoyed writing detective fiction; his first published novel before the successful The Lucky Baseball Bat was Look for the Body, a murder mystery written for adults.

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Ice Magic 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pie Pennelli loves to play hockey, but he's got some problems: his hand-me-down skates are too big for him, and one of his teamates is always picking on him. But Pie's troubles really begin when his next-door neighbors find an antique hockey game. They swere the game is magic and can predict every play Pie's team will make!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is ok. It could be brtter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The one and the only. Now you're free to go." Walks out. LOL
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Donne Maka is trying to face his fears to ice scate. But what happens when he go's into ice hocky? You will soon find out
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is easy to follow, like most of Christophers. It is easily a good choice, although it is predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*snickers* mmmkkk