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Children's Nonfiction Hockey

How Hockey Works

by (author) Keltie Thomas

illustrated by Greg Hall

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
Hockey, Winter Sports
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7


From how the puck was invented to players’ superstitions to the secret science of passing, How Hockey Works is the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the game of hockey. Whether readers have their sights set on playing in the big leagues themselves or just want the inside scoop on all the science behind this popular game, this How Sports Work series title has something for everyone. Text that is as exciting to read as the sport is to play looks at the properties of ice and the precise science of maintaining skating surfaces; the science of speedy, powerful skating; the puck, stick, mask, and other equipment; the science of explosive moves (the slapshot) and maximizing a player’s chance of scoring; and the science of fitness and healing injuries. Special "Legends of the Game" pages introduce readers to players like Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky, while a "Rules and Regs" section and glossary at the back of the book are jam-packed with all the terms and information to make any reader an expert at the basics of the game.

About the authors

KELTIE THOMAS is a passionate sports fan and award-winning children’s science writer and editor. She is a former editor of OWL Magazine, and is the author of popular sports books such as How Baseball Works; Blades, Boards & Scooters; and Inside Hockey! She lives in Toronto.

Keltie Thomas' profile page

Greg Hall lives in Oakville, ON.

Greg Hall's profile page


  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice Starred Selection
  • Short-listed, Atlantic Library Association, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award
  • Short-listed, Alberta Children's Choice Awards, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Short-listed, Alberta Children's Choice Awards, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education, Best of the Year
  • Short-listed, Ontario Library Association, Silver Birch Award

Editorial Reviews

…lots of great photographs and bright colors…A fantastic book!

Resource Links

…offers everything you wanted to know about the favourite winter sport.

Canadian Children's Book News

...this fact-filled book will encourage even the most reluctant of readers ages nine and up.

Star Phoenix (Saskatoon)

If you know a playmate, brother or sister, son or daughter, niece or nephew, or grandchild who enjoys the game, the book How Hockey Works is sure to delight, and also inform, the young reader.

...this is a book which may never return to the quiet library shelf. It is terrific and needs to be read!

The Brandon Sun

A fun-filled format makes everything you ever wanted to know about the sport exciting and entertaining.

Bank Street College of Education

…endlessly enthusiastic [and] generously informative…

Quill & Quire

Even non-hockey fans won't be able to put this one down.

Calgary Herald

...delightful...An appealing presentation that's chock-full of information.

School Library Journal

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