Stick Pick

by Steven Sandor

When hockey player Janine is left paralyzed after a car accident, her best friend encourages her to get into sledge hockey. She quickly grows to love the sport and finds her voice speaking up for disabled people's rights.

Star player Janine leads her hockey team to victory at the provincial championships. But on the way home from the game, a car accident leaves her paralyzed from the waist down. Her best friend and teammate, Rowena, urges Janine to look into sledge hockey. Adapting to her new life, Janine meets frustration at every turn. Soon Janine begins to appreciate her new sport. Her experiences lead her to speak up about rights for the disabled, taking her cause all the way to the professional sports arena. She might be a sledge hockey rookie, but she knows she's up for any challenge.

Based on real-life experience and research, this story tracks the emotional and physical challenges of first dealing with disability.

About the Author

Steven Sandor
STEVEN SANDOR is an award-winning magazine editor, author and sports broadcaster. He provides colour commentary for FC Edmonton broadcasts and edits Avenue Edmonton and the Canadian soccer tablet magazine Plastic Pitch. He has written three Sports Stories novels, Trolled, Replay and Playing for Keeps, and the teen novel Crack Coach. He lives and writes in Edmonton, Alberta.


"Janine and her story will open many eyes to things able-bodied people take for granted and will shed a bright light on sledge hockey."
Mary Harelkin Bishop,, CM: Magazine
"This book clearly portrays the difficulties encountered by Janine, her family and her friends. the chapter where the family decides to eat out in a restaurant is an excellent example of the frustrations. as protagonist, Janine is not always likeable: her thoughts and actions are often rude and selfish. But this honesty make Stick Pick both believeable and powerful. Highly Recommended."
Patricia Jermey, Resource Links
The story of a female star hockey player who goes out celebrating and ends up in a bad accident and loses the use of her legs. Great for young readers, really inspiring."
Fish Griwkowsky, Edmonton Journal


CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection
Resource Links The Year's Best - Fiction Grades 7-12

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