Fitzgerald, Dawn. Getting in the game.
Jo is a petite athlete who wants above all else to get on the ice hockey team; in her school, that means the boys' ice hockey team. There is a certain fallout to this challenge: some of the boys are threatened by the presence of a girl; and even her best friend Ben is uncomfortable having her on the team. Jo is tough, however, and persistent. Fortunately, the coach is supportive. She perseveres. Gradually, her skill and her ability to support her teammates and help the team win thaw out the opposition to her presence. Sorting out the girl-boy feelings, especially her feelings for Ben and his for her, is perhaps more complicated. Jo's parents are separated and her father's anger management problems are clear to all when he explodes during games, thoroughly embarrassing her. Jo's mom works at a nursing home, and sometimes Jo helps her there, especially when her beloved grandfather has to be admitted when his senility overwhelms him.
These details of a struggling family, loving and supportive for the most part, add to the appeal of the story. Jo's narrative voice is totally believable and many younger YAs will like getting to know her. The cover art is attractive. This first novel by Fitzgerald is a good one. Claire Rosser, KLIATT
J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescent and their teachers.
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|Date:||Mar 1, 2005|
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