Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Review: Ice Time

Publish April 10, 2015

Paul Bidwell lives and breathes hockey, and longs to join the local peewee house-league team, the Wildcats, with his best friend Vincent. But his mother is just getting back on her feet after separating from his father and doesn’t have the time or money that league hockey demands. Undaunted, Paul practices on his own and plays boot hockey with his friends during their free time.


Then one day, Paul’s moment arrives. Crippled by a contagious bout of mononucleosis, the Wildcats are down so many players they risk forfeiting games and missing the play-offs. When the coach’s son discovers Paul’s burning desire and raw talent, he convinces the team to give Paul a chance. Suddenly, Paul is caught up in a whirlwind of practices, drills, and the social politics of the locker room. Playing on a team is a lot harder than Paul anticipated, and he isn’t sure he has what it takes.


In David Trifunov’s Ice Time, Paul knows his shot has to count, because it might be the only one he gets. Action-packed and entertaining, the novel is the latest hi-lo book for reluctant readers from Lorimer’s Sports Stories series. Filled with hockey jargon and insider knowledge of life on the ice, Ice Time will delight avid hockey fans and novices alike. Trifunov’s detailed descriptions of complex hockey plays and strategies provide a surprising depth to the game, while the sub-plot surrounding Vincent’s concussion raises awareness about an often ignored risk. Fast-paced, engaging, and just a little bit sentimental, Ice Time is a knuckle biting glide down slick ice that will feel heart-warmingly familiar to Canadian readers.


Ice Time

David Trifunov
ISBN 13: 978-1-4594-0854-8

Karen Doerksen
Karen Doerksen Karen Doerksen lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta with her husband and four children. She works for the Edmonton Public Library, and holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta.  

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