by David Skuy
ISBN 9781443148931 Paperback
ISBN 9781443148948 Ebook
240 Pages | Ages 9 to 12
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Rocket’s right winger was barrelling in on the forecheck, the puck in the corner. Rocket figured the opposing defenceman would probably try to shovel it up the wall to his winger. Decision time: Stay with Jonathon or trust his gut and head to the boards? This was no time to play it safe. He had an NHL team to make.
Rocket has waited his whole life for this—his first NHL training camp! He knows how hard it is for a rookie to make the team, so he’s disappointed but not entirely surprised when he’s sent down to the AHL for some seasoning. He’s determined to make the best of it, work on his defensive game and prove that he’s ready for the big league. But when he gets to his new team, he finds an old nemesis waiting for him and watches a new friend’s injury nearly end his career. Rocket will have to survive a coach’s animosity and an injury of his own if he wants to make his NHL dream come true at last… because there is no Plan B.
Praise for Rocket Blues
- Snow Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice), shortlisted
- Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award (MYRCA), commended
- Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre,starred selection
- Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children’s Choice), shortlisted
- OLA Silver Birch Award, Fiction, shortlisted
". . . an extremely fast-paced novel with compelling hockey scenes. [I] appreciate his ability to create novels for reluctant readers that deal with sensitive issues." —CM: Canadian Review of Materials
- Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2017