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Hockey Heroes

By John Danakas

$9.95 Paperback
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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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Cody Powell's Winnipeg hockey team, the Transcona Sharks, keeps getting better and better, especially with the addition of Kyle Kelley, the Sharks' top player and Cody's new best friend.

At home, however, he's still coming to terms with his parents' divorce. When Kyle starts abusing his star status on the ice and off, Cody has to balance concern for his friend with concern for his team.

Hockey Heroes sets the struggles of family life against a background of fiercely competitive hockey action.


Winner - Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection - 1998

"A follow-up to his superb Hockey Night in Transcona, Hockey Heroes is about as good as they come. The Novice A2 winger in my house couldn't put Hockey Heroes down. The strongest point about Danakas' books, and what will be most valuable to parents of the age 8-13 target audience, is his unobtrusive, but unflinching refusal, to create a fantasy world. These are ethnoculturally diverse kids with self-esteem, family and socioeconomic problems. Hockey Heroes isn't a trifle that works up to some implausible ending in overtime in a championship game. It's a lot better than that. A whole lot better."

- Nick Martin Winnipeg Free Press

"The fast-paced plot is set in Winnipeg and includes several play-by-play descriptions of close, 'down to the wire' hockey games - interesting and exciting reading for young enthusiasts. The book is divided into several short chapters which make it approachable for its likely audience of young male readers... it undoubtedly provides a variety of topics for discussion within a classroom setting or as part of a family talk."

- Ann Abel Resource Links

"Quick reads, Hockey Heroes [and Slam Dunk will appeal to reluctant readers. Recommended."

- Dave Jenkinson Canadian Book Review Annual

"This book is exciting and well paced. The hockey setting and the realistic characters make it appealing to boys. The author successfully mixes the excitement of the hockey arena with the everyday emotional and social issues that young teenagers have to deal with. This book is one of a series of books that John Danakas has written that feature boys in sports and are listed on the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Our Choice List. The set would be a good addition to a classroom and would interest some of the more reluctant readers."

- Canadian Content

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 95 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9781550285963
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Hardback, 95 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9781550285970
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Previous Editions: (show)
Publication Date: 4th January 2011
ISBN: 9781552777596
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:, JUV039050
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 9 To 13


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Hockey Night in Transcona

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Sport Stories

Sports Stories Series

High interest sports fiction

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Series features

  • Gripping, action-packed stories
  • Short, high-interest fiction
  • Contemporary themes and Canadian settings
  • Award-winning authors who know their sport

"A winning series... designed to attract reluctant readers as well as provide recreational reading for children who are interested in stories about sports."
- National Library of Canada

"Lorimer is obviously succeeding with this series of action-driven novels which encourage young readers to 'Get in the Game'!"
- Resource Links

Kids who love sports love these books, and so do teachers. When you put one of these into a young sports fan's hands, you can feel confident they will enjoy reading.