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Character building through hockey

November 22nd, 2011 by Carrie Gleason

Lorimer's Sports Stories books designed to appeal to young people who would rather spend their time playing sports than reading. The books are written with plenty of play-by-play scenes to engage reluctant readers. The problems that the characters face often result in personal growth or realization through sports – and, just like in real life sports, these problems are often associated with developing character traits like honesty, courage, integrity, and perseverance.

If you've got young hockey players in your school or community these are books that can connect with kids and that reinforce character education themes:


making selectIn Making Select, a new book by Steven Barwin, main character Tyler could have avoided a lot of trouble, and an injury, if only he'd shown HONESTY with his parents by telling them what he really needed was a break from hockey.





power playIn Power Play by Michele Martin Bossley, main character Zach has to find the COURAGE to get back on the ice after a big hit, even with the knowledge that a bully is waiting for him when he does.






hat trickHat Trick by Jacqueline Guest is about Leigh, a main character who is leading a double life – lying about hockey to her mom and lying about dancing to her dad and friends. She will have to show INTREGRITY by being open and honest with everyone.





two minutes for roughingIn Joseph Romain's Two Minutes for Roughing, Les loves playing on his first real hockey team, but has to find the courage to PERSEVERE in the game after being the target of the team's bullies.






roughingIn Roughing by Lorna Schultz Nicholson, main characters Josh and Sam learn to RESPECT a new player's talent. 






delaying the gameIn Delaying the Game, Lorna Schultz Nicholson creates main character Kayleigh, who has to improve her TEAMWORK skills if she's going to succeed on her new all-girls' team. 






 Sports Stories are hi-lo sports fiction for youth ages 10-13. In addition to hockey, other sports such as basketball and soccer are covered.



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