CM . . .
. Volume XIII Number 8 . . . .December 8, 2006
Hockey is ‘Chipmunk’ Adelman’s beat for the Waterloo Elementary School ‘Gazette.’ Since Chipmunk happens to be from Mars, a tiny town right beside Waterloo, he’s partial to the Mars Health Food Stars team. Like Chipmunk, all of the players on the Stars have always attended school in Waterloo and played in the Waterloo Slapshot League. This, however, is the first year that the league has allowed Mars to have its own team which happens to be captained by Alexia, the only girl in the Slapshot League. At the beginning of Cup Crazy, the Mars Stars have just made it into the playoffs. Before the play-offs even begin, Happer Feldman – star of the first-placed Penguins – assures Chipmunk that the Stars won’t ever even touch the championship cup. It turns out that Happer’s uncle, the league president, has unearthed an ancient bylaw barring Alexia from playing. After attempting to expose the league president’s “rip-off,” Chipmunk instead loses his job at the Gazette. By a combination of good playing and good psychology, the Stars from Mars manage to win the championship. However, circumstances conspire so that by the end of the story, Happer’s prediction that the Stars won’t get to touch the cup seems to be coming true.
Cup Crazy’s narrator, Chipmunk – “Please don’t call me by my real name – Clarence” – Adelman is a fairly well-rounded character: he loves hockey, and he loves being a reporter. Readers discover his stealthy side when he tries to get even with the league president for forcing Alexia off the team and when his mother correctly suspects that he has a stash of cavity-making jawbreakers. Secondary characters are sketchily drawn, usually with one defining trait per person. For example, the angrier Alexia gets, the quieter she gets, Jared is obsessed with driving the zamboni, coach can’t come up with half of the words he needs and fills in the blanks with “whatsit,” “thingamabob,” heejazzes,” etc.
Recommended with reservations.
Karen Rankin is a Toronto, ON, writer and editor of children’s stories.
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