June 29, 2010

The Hat Trick by Tom Earle

Author Tom Earle will be releasing his first novel (I believe) in 2010. In the book The Hat Trick his character is a local hockey star with a promising big league future. But all of that and his own love for the game come in question when he hurts another player.

This novel is, like most hockey novels, aimed at the Young Adult market. I think this book has good potential given that it is a compelling story that has been played out in recent years by the likes of Patrice Cormier and Steve Moore.

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Here's the specs:
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Trophy Canada (Aug 24 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554686288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554686285
Here's more from the publisher

Ricky Phillips is only a teen when he is selected to play for the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. Everyone around him, including his coaches and his father, is going to make sure that he gets the ultimate prize: a chance to play in the National Hockey League. When he is selected to play for the San Jose Sharks, everyone is thrilled. But an on-ice fight turns deadly and has lasting repercussions; Ricky is forced to question everything he knows. How much is hockey worth to him? 

An inside look at life in professional hockey, this story of a young hockey star's career derailed by a misplaced punch is a compelling, ripped-from-the-headlines read.

About the Author

Tom Earle was born in Orillia, Ontario, and was an avid young hockey player, playing for the Orillia Travelways, the Barrie Colts, and Dartmouth College of the NCAA before travelling to England to play for the Whitley Bay Warriors of the British Ice Hockey League. He has been a teacher for the past eighteen years. He lives in Oro-Medonte with his wife and three children. The Hat Trick is his first novel.

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PensFan87,  October 1, 2011 at 7:59 PM  

Saw this book on the 'new arrivals' shelf at the library and picked it up right away. Being a die-hard hockey fan I couldn't walk away after reading the blurb at the back (more from the publisher section above). I thought I might want to check it out and see how it turns out because some books seem good but aren't really that great. I was wrong. I started to love it and I went out and bought it right away because I'm a slow reader. I zipped through the whole thing in one sitting on a sunday afternoon. I regret nothing. It was truly a moving novel and I recommend it to everyone, even if you're not a hockey fan. This book made me respect hockey and its players SO much more than i already do (which is alot), I can't even explain. Everyone read it for sure! It's amazing!! :)

Anonymous,  January 23, 2012 at 7:40 PM  

Amazing book i hated hockey now i love it now theres one more hockey fan in the world great job tom youre alsi a great teacher

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