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Stick Pick

By Steven Sandor

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Series: Lorimer Sports Stories

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Star player Janine leads her hockey team to victory at the provincial championships. But on the way home from the game, a car accident leaves her paralyzed from the waist down. Her best friend and teammate, Rowena, urges Janine to look into sledge hockey. Adapting to her new life, Janine meets frustration at every turn. Soon Janine begins to appreciate her new sport. Her experiences lead her to speak up about rights for the disabled, taking her cause all the way to the professional sports arena. She might be a sledge hockey rookie, but she knows she's up for any challenge.

Based on real-life experience and research, this story tracks the emotional and physical challenges of first dealing with disability.


Winner - CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection - 2018

Winner - Resource Links The Year's Best - Fiction Grades 7-12 - 2018

"Janine and her story will open many eyes to things able-bodied people take for granted and will shed a bright light on sledge hockey."

- Mary Harelkin Bishop, CM: Magazine

The story of a female star hockey player who goes out celebrating and ends up in a bad accident and loses the use of her legs. Great for young readers, really inspiring."

- Fish Griwkowsky Edmonton Journal

"This book is based on real life experiences and deals with both the emotional and physical challenges that come with having a disability! "

- Michelle K. NetGalley Reviewer

"It talks about some important things and I don't see a lot of hockey books, let alone sledge ... hockey books."

- Abigail V. NetGalley Reviewer

"The sledge hockey, along with a school assignment, help Janine rediscover her love of hockey and a passion for helping others understand the daily challenges people face with accessibility."

- Kristin C. NetGalley Reviewer

"I enjoyed this read. Her 'Patient Diary' was a tribute to learning to survive her tragedy. Her opinion of the visits she described was very telling as was her adjustment to returning home and to school. There were parts of the section of 'Coming Home' and 'The Presentation' that were humorous and the description of Sledge Hockey was well written."

- Lori S. NetGalley Reviewer

"This story provides a vivid account of an underrepresented sport thatwill be new to many readers, and Sandor's experience as a sports broadcaster is evident in the text, in everything from the pucks hitting the ice to the slapping of the hockey sticks. And while the relentless pitch of Janine's rage, self-pity, and rudeness make her difficult to sympathize with at times, the story creates a terrific opportunity to start a discussion about accessibility issues for people with disabilities."

- Becca Worthington Booklist

"This book clearly portrays the difficulties encountered by Janine, her family and her friends. the chapter where the family decides to eat out in a restaurant is an excellent example of the frustrations. as protagonist, Janine is not always likeable: her thoughts and actions are often rude and selfish. But this honesty make Stick Pick both believeable and powerful. Highly Recommended."

- Patricia Jermey Resource Links

STEVEN SANDOR is an award-winning magazine editor, author and sports broadcaster. He provides colour commentary for FC Edmonton broadcasts and edits Avenue Edmonton and the Canadian soccer tablet magazine Plastic Pitch. He has written three Sports Stories novels, Trolled, Replay and Playing for Keeps, and the teen novel Crack Coach. He lives and writes in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 15th August 2017
ISBN: 9781459412194
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 128 pages
Publication Date: 15th August 2017
ISBN: 9781459412217
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV015020, JUV032110, JUV039140, JUV039150
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 10 To 13


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  • Contemporary themes and Canadian settings
  • Award-winning authors who know their sport

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- National Library of Canada

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