Hockey Night in Transcona

by John Danakas

Twelve-year-old Cody Powell is a wizard on the ice. For years he's honed his hockey skills by playing pickup games with his friends.

Cody Powell has graduated from playing pick-up hockey on the streets of Winnipeg to skating with his community club team, the Transcona Sharks. Coach Brackett is impressed with Cody's speed and stickhandling ability, and promotes him to the team's first line.
Unfortunately, Cody takes Stu, Coach Brackett's son's, spot. Cody is worried that coach is too hard on Stu, and that Stu has as much right to play on the first line as he does. As the pressure to win games mounts, Cody is torn between loyalty to his coach and loyalty to his friend.
Hockey Night in Transcona is a story about the conflicting pressures young hockey players face in their quest to succeed.

Fry Reading Level - 4.0

About the Author

John Danakas

John Danakas
JOHN DANAKAS is the author of four children's novels, all published by Lorimer. Hockey Night in Transcona was an Ontario Silver Birch Award finalist. Curve Ball, Lizzie's Soccer Showdown, and Hockey Heroes are all Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" selections.


"...offers plenty of hockey strategy and action, not to mention strong character development."
Helen Norrie, Sunday Free Press
"...a fast-paced and exciting sports story ... a moving and involving novel ... Readers will quickly come to care about these people and about what is happening in their lives leaves the reader wanting more."
Quill & Quire, full of eager players, rivalry, high emotion and determination... young players will enjoy reading about the game they love and kids they recognize. These books pull even non-experts into the dressing rooms, on to the ice and into the heart of the action."
Arlene Perly Rae, Toronto Star


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