Hockey Machine
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Hockey Machine

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    978-1-59953-214-1

Look Inside Abducted by a "fan" and forced to become a member of a professional junior hockey team, thirteen-year-old star center Steve Crandall quickly realizes that he must play not only to win but to survive. These are Matt Christopher's best selling novels about sports and the kids who play them. Each story is over 100 pages and is packed with fast paced sports action that include subtle life lessons on sportsmanship, responsibility, and doing the right thing. The larger, more accessible type and redesigned covers will attract and ignite the interest of a new generation of Matt Christopher readers. The quality library paper and guaranteed library binding will keep the books circulating for years.

  • Fountas & Pinnell Level
    S
  • Lexile Level
    790L
  • Reading Level
    4.8
  • Reading Level Range
    4.0-4.9
  • Dewey Number
    Fiction
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Series
    The New Matt Christopher Sports Library
  • Copyright
    2009
  • Fiction/Non-Fiction
    Fiction
  • Grade Level
    3-6
  • Author
    Matt Christopher
  • Subject
    Baseball
Steve Crandall is a 13-year-old who loves hockey and is a talented player. One afternoon, Mark Slate, a boy about his age, approaches Steve and tells him that Kenneth Agard, Jr. is waiting for him in a car and wants to talk about Steve’s great hockey playing. Steve is cautious at first, remembering the potential danger of strangers, but Mark convinces him that Kenneth is just excited about his future in hockey. After taking him to a fancy dinner, Kenneth convinces Steve that his parents know he’ll be going with Kenneth to play on a professional junior hockey team. Steve finds himself a prisoner to young Kenneth Agard. Through perseverance and refusal to be a part of Kenneth’s team of kidnapped boys, Steve escapes and brings Agard to justice. Some of the language and description of family interaction is reminiscent of the 1960s, which creates a refreshing tone and presents a model for good family communication.

Children's Literature



The Hockey Machine starts with full blown action. Steve Crandell, the main character, is running a play in a hockey game for his school. The author makes the readers feel as though they are watching the game as a fan for the team. Steve makes many amazing plays and is approached after the game by a liaison for a very wealthy person who wants him to play for his professional hockey team. But Steve has been kidnapped! Students who are sports fans will be thrilled by this fast pace novel and it is sure to be a hit with the boys. Recommend.

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