Splinters

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Overview

Cindy Winters loves to play hockey. When her family's basement apartment is flooded and the floor freezes, she's even happy to skate on the concrete. Her parents are too poor to enroll her in a league, but she's resourceful and does odd jobs until she has earned enough money to play. Armed with her mother's old equipment, she is thrilled to join a team. But her happiness doesn't last long. Among her teammates are the horrible Blister Sisters. They make her life miserable. And worse, Cindy's sidelined by the ...
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Overview

Cindy Winters loves to play hockey. When her family's basement apartment is flooded and the floor freezes, she's even happy to skate on the concrete. Her parents are too poor to enroll her in a league, but she's resourceful and does odd jobs until she has earned enough money to play. Armed with her mother's old equipment, she is thrilled to join a team. But her happiness doesn't last long. Among her teammates are the horrible Blister Sisters. They make her life miserable. And worse, Cindy's sidelined by the coach, who just happens to be Mrs. Blister. It looks like she'll be spending the season cleaning equipment, instead of playing on the ice. Cindy's luck changes when her Fairy Goaltender appears and saves the day. With its great good humor and hilarious illustrations, Kevin Sylvester's Splinters is bound to become a favorite.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Cindy loves to play hockey. And she plays well, on frozen ponds, and even over cement when her flooded basement freezes. Because her family is poor, Cindy works hard at any job she can find to earn the money needed to join a real team in the hockey league. Using her mother's old equipment at her first practice, the Blister sisters, whose mother is the coach, ridicule her; then she is sent to the bench. At a tryout for an all-star hockey team, of course the coach sends the sisters. In tears, Cindy despairs. Then, in this unusual twist to the Cinderella story, her Fairy Goaltender magically appears to help her. The magic continues as, clothed beautifully, Cindy stuns the judge, Coach Prince (!) at the tryouts. But forgetting the fairy's warning, all falls apart at the buzzer as Cindy leaves one new skate behind. And of course it fits only her, for the happy ending, as Cindy and Coach Prince know they will "love hockey happily ever after." Pencil and watercolors naturalistically create Cindy's character and moods, as well as the leering sisters, their mother, the goal tender and locker room. As in the original fairy tale, the contrast between good and evil is apparent. A handsome poster decorates the back of the paper jacket. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1–2—The Cinderella story plus hockey equals a new twist on an old favorite. Cindy is a destitute but excellent hockey player who can't catch a break. When she finally saves enough money to join a league, it's dominated by two evil sisters and their mother, the coach. They keep Cindy on the bench and nickname her "Splinters." When the acclaimed coach Charmaine Prince holds tryouts for the All-Star team, Cindy needs the help of her Fairy Goaltender to get to the rink on time on a new Zamboni. As she races away before the final bell rings, she loses her golden skate. In true Cinderella style, she is reunited with the skate, makes the team, and plays hockey happily ever after. The watercolor and pencil illustrations depict the actions and emotions of the characters perfectly. The facial expressions are spot-on. There is a lot of text in this tale, but the art keeps it from being overwhelming. This reworking of a classic tale has a few missed shots but overall it meets its goal in being clever.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
Kirkus Reviews

Hockey is Cindy Winters's love, and she's very good at it. Her parents are too poor to pay league fees, but Cindy does odd jobs to earn the money. Her mother's old equipment, though, makes her a laughingstock to the Blister Sisters, whose mother is the coach! When the all-star tryouts are held, led by the famed Charmaine Prince, the Blisters make sure Cindy can't be there. But her Fairy Goaltender appears, outfits her in white and gold, sends her off to the competition in a Zamboni and exhorts her to be off the ice when the final buzzer sounds. Cindy works brilliantly, but she is caught at the final buzzer with only one shiny skate. Sylvester's puckish (sorry) take on the Cinderella story is reflected in squiggly, exaggerated watercolor-and-ink pictures. Most of them float on the page as if on the ice, and this works wonderfully, from Cindy's parents' frozen basement apartment to the wide rink. The Fairy Goaltender, by the way, works her magic by whacking Cindy across the legs with her magic hockey stick. Goal! (Picture book. 5-9)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887769443
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 978,589
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

KEVIN SYLVESTER is a renowned author, illustrator, and broadcaster. An award-winning sportscaster for seven years, he is well-known to listeners of CBC Radio One for broadcasting national sports and anchoring radio coverage for four Olympic Games. He is now a regular on "Here and Now," "The Current," and "The Sunday Edition." Kevin Sylvester's book for children, Sports Hall of Weird, was named a Silver Birch Honor Book and a Rocky Mountain Honor Book. His second book, Gold Medal for Weird, won the Silver Birch, was a Willow Award nominee, and was named a Gold Medal Choice for the Junior Library Guild in the United States. He is also the author of Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders and Game Day. Kevin Sylvester lives in Toronto with his wife and daughters.
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