Dec 29, 2015

DeeJay Reviews: Hockey Agony by @dmcdine

Hockey Agony
by Donna M. McDine and Julie Hammond

Genre: Children's Lit
Publication Date: March 15, 2013
Format: eBook
Source: A free copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

Peer Pressure and Honesty many times go hand-in-hand. What is Larry to do when his teammate asks him to cheat when he is given the responsibility to run the clock during the big hockey game? Outwardly, it may seem he will follow suit, but his conscious tells him otherwise at the moment of truth. Suggested age range for readers: 8-12 

One can always appreciate a story where there is a lesson to be learned, especially when it's children's lit. Peer pressure is one of the hardest things kids face in school and life and so I believe the author did a good thing by addressing it, as well as how important being honest is.

I liked the story, but I felt it was a bit rushed and the topic of peer pressure wasn't fully discussed. Maybe that wasn't the point but I guess I'm just thinking like an older reader and not like a kid. They have the attention spans of ants so I understand why it was short. I was just expecting a bit more.

I'm a sucker for picture books so I always say yes to a book if there are illustrations. These were really nice and only make me wish I could draw even a little bit!

Overall, a nice short story for kids that teaches a valuable lesson that even adults could benefit from.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your heartfelt and honest review. I appreciate your interest and time! Best, Donna


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