Friday, September 13, 2013

WOI Book Review: Hockey Agony by Donna McDine

Hockey Agony
Category: Chapbooks for Tweens
Author: Donna McDine
Artist: Julie Hammond
Paperback ISBN: 9781616333607; 161633360X
eBook ISBN: 9781616333614; 1616333618
Price: $9.95 paperback / $5.00 e-book

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.

Overall Thoughts:
This is a fun quick read for 3rd to 6th grade readers. At first, I thought I was going to be sent a chapter book or novel, but actually this is a picture storybook. I’m sure you are wondering what is the difference between a picture storybook and a picture book. For starts the context of the story line. You do have vivid illustrations laced throughout the book, but story length is longer than a picture book and reminds me more of a short story one might find in a kid magazine such as CRICKET or Storyworks. 

The author keeps the story plot simple and introduces readers to the problem right away. Because this is a picture storybook, you don’t get defined, in-depth characters as the author doesn’t have the page count to develop them much beyond a picture book character. The story does move a bit faster than a chapter book, but the transitions are smooth and propel you into next scene with ease. 

Readers will relate to the simple problems of peer pressure and honesty. This is also a great book for boys or reluctant readers because of the short story style and sport setting.

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  1. Hi Virginia,

    Thank you for review of Hockey Agony and for coordinating my virtual book tour. I look forward to many more cyberspace spots throughout September and October.


  2. Nice review! I like how you differentiate between the genres, explaining them in depth. Sounds like a great book for reluctant readers.

    1. Hi Donna,

      Thanks for visiting. I too enjoyed Virginia's review.


  3. Great book for kids. Thanks so much fro the review, and best wishes Donna. Wishing you much success.

    1. Hi Susan,

      Thank you for your constant show of support. I truly appreciate it!