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8 stars


AR: 5.3
Lexile: 880
RC: 5.2
by Chris Lynch
Normal-length Picture Book
Genre: Realistic Fiction

ALA Best Books for Young Adults

Eric is a fourteen-year-old hockey player. They call him Iceman because he shows no emotion during the game, he's as "cool as ice." Come to think of it, he shows no emotion at home, either. Does this mean he has no emotions, that he just doesn't care? Far from it! He is dealing with some pretty heavy stuff.

This is a great book for more mature kids (11-12 and older) because it has real depth. Eric seems like a simple character but, like so many boys his age, he is a complicated person. I was really impressed by this book. I think if you are a mature reader, you will really appreciate this book. If you just want to read about hockey, something else might be better for you.

(Last modified:08/21/2006)


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