Cracking the Ice

Cracking the Ice

by David Hendrickson

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Overview

In 1968, at the height of the Civil Rights struggle, Jessie Stackhouse leaves home to break the color line at an elite, all-white prep school. He arrives filled with dreams of winning championships and eventually playing in the NHL, but soon finds that the coach doesn't want him there and neither do most of his teammates. They'll go to almost any extreme to make him leave. Jessie must overcome not only the team in the other locker room, but the even more dangerous one in his own.

"Hendrickson's debut novel paints a gripping account of a courageous young man rising above evil." -- Booklist

"A worthy, if heartwrenching read.... The best of humanity is explored -- and some of the worst, exposed. It is very readable, written with a clear and powerful voice, and is engaging from beginning to end." -- Long and Short Reviews (four stars)

"One of the most interesting books I've read this year, a one-of-a-kind book." -- Reading in Color

"Cracking the Ice scores the literary equivalent of a hat-trick: funny, harrowing and finally, heartfelt. This book is a winner." --Greg Neri, author of Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty, a 2011 Coretta Scott King Honor book

"I started reading Cracking the Ice and could not put it down. Jessie Stackhouse's generosity, hope, and intelligence touched my heart.... Usually I go to bed early; however, I kept reading Cracking the Ice until I turned to the last page." --Joyce Carol Thomas, National Book Award and American Book Award winner.

"A compelling, civil rights tale of a young man's coming of age on the ice. Hendrickson personalizes history with unforgettable characters." --Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of Ninth Ward, a 2011 Coretta Scott King Honor book

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157649449
Publisher: Pentucket Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 324
File size: 678 KB

About the Author

David H. Hendrickson's first novel, Cracking the Ice, was praised by Booklist as "a gripping account of a courageous young man rising above evil." He has since published Bubba Goes for Broke, Body Check, Offside, No Defense, and many short stories. His fiction has appeared on multiple ebook bestseller lists in several genres.

He has been honored with the Joe Concannon and Scarlet Quill awards for his writing on US College Hockey Online, where over 400,000 readers follow his columns, stories, and features.

“David H. Hendrickson is one of my favorite writers.”
-- USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch

For more information about his writing, visit him online at www.hendricksonwriter.com. For more information about other Pentucket Publishing titles, visit www.pentucketpublishing.com.

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