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. Volume XI Number 8 . . . . December 10, 2004
The Icehogs love hockey. Not all of them are talented, like Brady Brady, but they all love their team. Kev is always the last, and loudest, to arrive. The others wonder if he doesn't take hockey as seriously as they do as he sometimes forgets to take off his skate guards and chats with the ref before every game. On the bench, he's a serious cheerleader yelling to his teammates, "Let's go Icehogs! Skate hard! Nice pass! Great job!"
When he's offered the chance to play for another team promising him more ice time, Kev is not sure what to do. While the promise of being a star is enticing, in the end, he realizes that his friends on the team are more important. When Brady is awarded the MVP puck, he passes it on to Kev saying, "I thought he deserved it more -- after all doesn't MVP stand for Most Vocal Player?" Computer generated illustrations by Chuck Temple play up the fun of the story in whimsical cartoons.
This is a great story about the different ways to be a star, and it will appeal to even non-hockey fans. An excellent choice for any home or school library.
Liz Greenaway has worked in bookselling and publishing and lives in Edmonton, AB.
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