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Volume VI Number 21 . . . . June 23, 2000
Back on the ice, with thirty seconds left, Steven chased the puck behind the net, bringing it around with a slick pass to Sizzler. Sizzler dropped it back to Steven, whose new nickname echoed in his ears. His heart was racing. He crossed over center and just kept going. He backed it off the boards, flew past the defenseman and cut to the net. He saw the opening over the goalie's right shoulder and whipped the puck toward it. The puck hit the crossbar and dropped in front. Steven fought for the rebound and pushed it into the net. The West Van fans roared. Steven leapt into the air and his teammates rushed over to congratulate him.In Shoot to Score, Steven Edwards is stuck playing defence for the B team. He has to deal with a bully for a teammate and to try to prove to his family, his team and himself that he is a star hockey player. This book is about how an average boy begins to see himself as special. The situations are pretty realistic and children in grades 3-6 can identify easily with the humor. Steven experiences feelings of rejection, anger and low self-esteem, and yet pulls ahead of the team star as he begins to believe in who he is and accepts himself. The relationship with his coach is an interesting one, and, when Steven begins to stand up for himself, he is accepted by Coach Carter and his "star" son. Steven's relationship with his dad and his brother also shows his maturity and growth as a brother, son and hockey player.
The author, Sandra Richmond, is the author of Wheels for Walking, a young adult novel, as well as thirteen stories for children.
Stephanie Yamniuk works at the University of Manitoba in the International Student Exchange Program, Asper School of Business.
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