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. Volume XIV Number 12 . . . .February 8, 2008
The author, Lorna Schultz Nicholson, is obviously well qualified to write in this genre as she is a former sports journalist who brings a practiced eye to the text. The language is clear and concise. The majority of the sentences are short, sharp and bring the games to life. Such sentences as, "The pace was fast, the play tough. Bodies crashed against one another trying to get the puck. The boards rattled, the glass shook," lend a staccato beat to the paragraphs much like the play-by-play reporting of a game.
Readers are introduced to the process of selection as well as the women and coaches who made up the first demo team. Sufficient background information about each is given to appreciate the sacrifices made in order to qualify and participate.
The games leading towards their gold medal as the Women's World Hockey champions have sufficient play-by-play excerpts to lend the book excitement and immediacy. Separate chapters deal with the final round-robin game and the semi-finals while several chapters are devoted to the gripping final game against the U.S. team. In addition, the slow but steady groundswell in the media and with the public is documented from the unpopularity of the pink (rather than Canada's traditional red and white) uniforms to coverage by The Sports Network and sportscasting by Michael Murray and legendary Howie Meeker.
Marilynne V. Black is a former B.C. elementary teacher-librarian who completed her Master of Arts in Children's Literature (UBC) in the spring of 2005. She is now working as an independent children's literature consultant with a web site at www.heartofthestory.ca.
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