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Children's Fiction Time Travel

The Ice Chips and the Magical Rink

Ice Chips Series Book 1

by (author) Roy MacGregor & Kerry MacGregor

illustrated by Kim Smith

Publisher
HarperCollins
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Category
Time Travel, Hockey
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781443452281
    Publish Date
    Feb 2018
    List Price
    $16.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781443452304
    Publish Date
    Feb 2018
    List Price
    $9.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781443452298
    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price
    $9.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781443459631
    Publish Date
    Oct 2019
    List Price
    $6.99 USD

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3

Description

If you could travel through time, who would you want to meet?

Lucas Finnigan eats, sleeps and breathes hockey. With his friends Edge, Swift and Crunch, Lucas plays on his hometown’s rink, dreaming of the day when he knows he’ll make the NHL. But lately money has been tight at home, and, after a major growth spurt, Lucas is forced to wear hand-me-down gear that doesn’t quite fit. Now he’s not sure he’ll ever make it to the Hall of Fame like his hockey heroes.

And that’s not the only problem. With the community arena’s chiller on the fritz, and replacement parts too tough to come by, it looks like Lucas and his friends may be doomed to a season on a plastic rink—or worse, to no hockey at all!

But with a magical discovery, and some help from one of hockey’s greatest players (who was a kid once, too!), their final skate might turn into their first great adventure . . .

 

About the authors

In the fall of 2006, Roy MacGregor, veteran newspaperman, magazine writer, and author of books, came to campus. Since 2002, MacGregor had been writing columns for the Globe and Mail, but he had a long and distinguished career in hand before he came to the national newspaper. He has won National Newspaper Awards and in 2005 was named an officer in the Order of Canada. He is the author of more than 40 books — 28 of them in the internationally successful Screech Owls mystery series for young readers — on subjects ranging from Canada, to the James Bay Cree, to hockey. That fall, he spoke to a packed room in the St. Thomas chapel. After the lecture, Herménégilde Chiasson, the Acadian poet, artist, and New Brunswick's Lieutenant Governor of the day, hosted a reception at the majestic Old Government House on the banks of the St. John River. MacGregor spent the evening surrounded by young journalists and the conversation continued late into the night. After all, there were more than three decades of stories to tell.

Roy MacGregor's profile page

Kim Smith lives in Calgary, Alberta. This is her first children's book. When not illustrating for children, Kim illustrates comics. Her illustrations have been featured in advertising as well as in two comic collections, The Anthology Project and The Anthology Project, Volume Two. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2008 with a Bachelor of Design specializing in character design.

Kim Smith's profile page

KERRY MACGREGOR is co-author of the latest work in the Screech Owls series. She has worked in news and current affairs at the CBC, and as a journalist with the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen, and many other publications. Her columns on parenting, written with a unique, modern perspective on today’s issues and interests, have appeared in such publications as Parenting Times Magazine.

Kerry MacGregor's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“A charming novel for younger kids who know what it means to get out there and play.”

Mabel’s Fables Bookstore

“Moments of insight and empathy don’t jar or weigh down the story, but are deftly woven into the hometown hockey narrative. . . . It’s not surprising how well-crafted the book is given the pedigree of its authors.”

Quill & Quire

“Magic and hockey and history! What a combination for young readers. The lively and diverse characters and super fun plot are combined with a famous real-life hockey player. So creative. What a magical read!”

Lorna Schultz Nicholson, author of the Puckster picture-book series

“A good choice for readers of all abilities who enjoy hockey mysteries. Recommended.”

CM Magazine

“Good frozen fun!”

Kevin Sylvester, illustrator of <em>Great </em>and author of the Neil Flambé Capers

“A funny, heartwarming story about friendship, hockey, and the magic that can happen when you believe in yourself. You don’t have to be a hockey fan to enjoy this book, but after reading it you just might be!”

Cyndi Marko, author and illustrator of the Kung Pow Chicken series

“A fun tale of friendship, co-operation and cultural diversity.”

Ottawa Citizen

“An entertaining adventure that will appeal to young readers. . . .  What’s not to like?”

Metroland Media

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