by Irene Punt, illustrated by Ken Steacy
ISBN 9780545997652 Paperback
80 Pages | 5.29" x 7.61" | Ages 6 to 8
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Tom is the envy of his friends. His teenage babysitter, Jeff, is totally cool — he even plays road hockey. But things take a turn for the worse when Jeff becomes a ref and doesn't play favourites at a Hawks' hockey game. Jeff the Ref gives penalties and calls off goals; he plays by the rules. Things get out of hand when Tom and his friends fight back with mean chants and accidentally send Jeff a nasty e-mail. Tom comes to realize that it is better to play by the rules — at home and on the ice.
- Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2009
- French (N. Amer.) - Éditions Scholastic
- Hockey is a winning subject for kids in Canada and its popularity is growing rapidly in the US.
- There is a need for fiction with a hockey/sports theme in an early chapter book format.
- Kids will relate to the familiar team, classroom and schoolyard situations depicted in the story.