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. Volume XIII Number 15 . . . . March 16, 2007
In The Dream Team, our main character and narrator is Clarence "Chipmunk" Adelman, the Sports reporter of the Gazette, his school newspaper. The Stars are a hockey team from a town close to the city of Waterloo, a town with the unfortunate name of "Mars." For the first time ever, the Stars are now allowed to play in the Waterloo Slapshot League. This also means that their players are eligible for a chance to play on the All-Star team. Immediately the reader is introduced to the team and gets a sense of their personalities. Trent Ruben and Alexia Colwin are the team's best players. When only Trent is chosen to play on the All-Star team, the Stars are discouraged by the unfairness of this decision. It is clear that the only reason Alexia isn't chosen is because she is female.
All is not lost. Because his flyers cover the entire schoolyard and the town thanks to the wind, people are abuzz about the unfairness of not allowing a girl to be on the All-Star hockey team. A real reporter gets hold of the flyer and publishes an article about it in Sports Illustrated magazine. This is the final push that is needed to get Alexia on the All-Star team.
The Dream Team is a very entertaining story and an enjoyable read. Not being much of a hockey fan, I approached this novel with a bit of hesitation. However, Canadian author Gordon Korman does an excellent job of walking the reader through the hockey plays in the story, making it easy and painless for a hockey novice like myself to understand and visualize the events. Humour is laced throughout the story and provides a fun element to what could be a heavy subject - discrimination. Korman's point clearly comes across: girls can be great hockey players too.
Ellie Contursi is a children's librarian in London, ON.
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