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Young Adult Fiction Hockey


by (author) Jean Mills

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2023
Hockey, Sexual Abuse), Friendship
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18


The other night, Trace Brewster, Max’s best friend and star hockey player for the Hawks, scored on his own net and put the team’s chances of qualifying for an upcoming tournament in jeopardy.

Since then Trace has gone silent and is shutting everyone out. But Max thinks there’s more going on with his friend than what happened on the ice. For one thing, there are bruises on Trace's face that he refuses to explain. Can Max find a way to get Trace to open up and help him in time for the big game?

The epub edition of this title is fully accessible.

About the author

Jean Mills
is celebrated for two previous Young Adult novels, Skating Over Thin Ice and Larkin on the Shore — which won the 2020 Whippoorwill Award honoring "young adult literature that sings the authentic stories of rural people and places."

Jean spends her winters in Guelph, Ontario and the rest of the time in Pugwash, Nova Scotia.

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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Commended, Junior Library Guild (JLG) Gold Standard Selection

Editorial Reviews

“A very intriguing and emotional novel...If you want a book that will make you want to hug it —Wingman could be that book for you! Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Mills writes with economy, strong pacing, and crisply delineated characters...A worthwhile cautionary tale, accessible and appealing to reluctant readers.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A hi-lo book that appeals to reluctant readers who would rather be on the ice than reading in the stands. Easy-to-read font, lots of space on the page and simple sentences are nicely disguised by hockey jargon to make the book feel like a high school read. Mills successfully captures the angst of hockey teens struggling with bullying, the pressure to perform, the loyalty of friendship and the difficulty of determining which adults to trust… A winner for readers of sports fiction and would be a welcome addition to any library.”


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