Checked by Cynthia Kadohata
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I loved this book about a young boy's passion for hockey (and his dog). At times it was difficult to remember that Conor was only 12(!) given his maturity about his life, the discipline needed to excel at the sport he loves, and his love for Sinbad. Much like Open Ice, Conor has to question what life would be like without hockey, since paying for Sinbad's cancer treatments means less money for his private hockey lessons and training; unlike that earlier book, this is a book I can happily share with my students. Even better, all the characters, even the minor ones, are fleshed out to some extent, sometimes in surprising ways.