CM . . . . Volume XXIV Number 21 . . . . February 2, 2018
Lucas lives and breathes hockey. He dreams of playing once again for the Riverton Ice Chips. However, this year Lucas has several challenges to overcome. He has grown over the summer and can no longer fit into his hockey gear. His family cannot afford to get him new gear. When his older cousin gives him his ancient smelly gear, Lucas has no choice but to wear it. More importantly, the ice-making equipment at the community arena has broken and cannot be fixed. Where will the Ice Chips play?
During this desperate time, Lucas and his friends experience a strange phenomenon at the arena. They are suddenly transported to another time and another ice rink, this one on a frozen pond! Here, they meet two young people – Gordon and Edna – attempting to skate with only one pair of skates. Lucas and his buddies befriend them and even go with them to get their skates sharpened. They meet an enterprising young boy named Roger who has invented a new way to sharpen skates. It turns out that the year they have been taken back to is 1936 during the Great Depression.
As the friends deal with their time travel, they must also contend with minor league hockey tryouts, a new bully in town named Lars, and their own insecurities about their hockey skills. Will the arena be saved? Who are Gordon, Edna and Roger? How will they change the world? Will Lucas make the team?
Roy MacGregor, a columnist for the Globe and Mail, has written several books about hockey legends as well as the Screech Owls hockey mystery series. Co-author Kerry MacGregor has worked as a journalist for the CBC as well at The Toronto Star. This new hockey novel looks at several timely issues including: minor league hockey, bullying, time travel, inventions, friendship, the Great Depression, and sportsmanship. The short chapters, accessible vocabulary and fun-filled illustrations will make The Ice Chips and the Magical Rink a good choice for readers of all abilities who enjoy hockey mysteries.
A resident of Toronto, ON, Myra Junyk is a literacy advocate and author.