Tundra Reading Club: The Highest Number in the World Reviews

Hi everyone!

It’s time to share the Reading Club reviews for The Highest Number in the World!

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The Highest Number in the World

The Highest Number in the World
Written by Roy MacGregor | Illustrated by Geneviève Després
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 6-9
ISBN: 978-1-77049-5753

“MacGregor’s writing packs an emotional punch without relying on sentimentality…Expressive pencil drawings, brightened with color washes, perfectly capture the characters’ feelings…A memorable, intergenerational picture book perfect for sharing.”– Starred Review, Booklist

  • Adrienne at BooksandBassets likes that it’s about “girl power and historical context.”
  • Lee-Ann at Goodreads thinks the book does “a wonderful job at showing how if you look at disappointment a different way it is possible to see it as an opportunity to discover something else and just as thrilling.”
  • Mary-Esther at Sister’s Library calls it a “sweet story that warms the heart.”
  • Stephanie at The Nomadic Reader felt the story “resonated with [her] as a Canadian and of course as a lover of hockey.”
  • Ann Marie at a dainty dish calls it a “hat-trick – in its story, words and images!”

If you read the book as well, please let us know what you thought about it in the comments below! Are there any other inspirational hockey stories you love?

I’m also very excited to announce our April reading club book: Outstanding in the Rain by Frank Viva! Make sure you check back here next Monday to sign up for your chance to win a review copy.

Thanks for participating and see you next week!

Tundra Reading Club: March 2015

Hi everyone!

Another month, another book!

Just to remind you:

Each month, we’ll post a book and a sign-up form for bloggers. Then we’ll randomly choose the lucky five who will receive a copy (in some cases, an advance copy) in exchange for a review on their blog!

Of course, everyone is free to participate via tweets (@TundraBooks) or in the comment section on the monthly post.

To make it easy to work into your busy schedules, we’ve chosen picture books so it shouldn’t take you too long to read the book of the month (or like me, you might pore over it for hours and be distracted by the illustrations).

TundraReadingClubSince the hockey season is ending next month, our pick for March, The Highest Number in the World by Roy MacGregor, is perfect for any hockey fan. It’s also a lovely inter-generational tale about a grandmother and her granddaughter, and includes wonderful illustrations by Geneviève Després.

The Highest Number in the WorldNine-year-old Gabe (Gabriella) Murray lives and breathes hockey. She’s the youngest player on her new team, she has a nifty move that her teammates call “the Gabe,” and she shares lucky number 22 with her hero, Hayley Wickenheiser. But when her coach hands out the team jerseys, Gabe is stuck with number 9. Crushed, Gabe wants to give up hockey altogether. How can she play without her lucky number? Gabe’s grandmother soon sets her straight, though – from her own connection to the number 9 in her hockey-playing days to all the greats she cheered for who wore it, she soon convinces Gabe that this new number might not be so bad after all.

Also, if you know any middle grade hockey lovers, make sure you check out Roy’s successful Screech Owls series.

Visit your local library or bookstore to get reading! If you’re interested, fill in the form below and we’ll randomly select five bloggers to read and review a copy of The Highest Number in the World and join our discussion. You have until Monday March 9 at 3 pm EST to sign up, so don’t delay!

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UPDATE: Congratulations to Lee Ann, Mary-Esther, Stephanie, Adrienne, and Ann Marie! We look forward to your reviews!

Check back in on Monday, March 23, 2015 for our reading club discussion of The Highest Number in the World!

2014 Winter Olympics

The 2014 Winter Olympics are taking place from February 7 to 23 in Sochi, Russia. We are looking forward to the 98 events for the next two weeks! We are especially looking forward to . . . HOCKEY! Read these books with your little ones about this amazing winter sport.

The Highest Number in the WorldThe Highest Number in the World
Written by Roy MacGregor
Illustrated by Geneviève Després
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 6-9
ISBN: 978-1-77049-575-3
“The story’s ending, in which Gabe dreams of her number 9 retired and raised to the rafters, is uplifting in every way. MacGregor’s writing packs an emotional punch without relying on sentimentality…. Expressive pencil drawings, brightened with color washes, perfectly capture the characters’ feelings. From the moment Grandma begins to share her past and her passion for hockey, the story’s context becomes broader, more complex, and more meaningful. A memorable, intergenerational picture book perfect for sharing.” – Starred Review, Booklist

SplintersSplinters
Written by Kevin Sylvester
Hardcover | 40 Pages | Ages 6-9
ISBN: 978-0-88776-944-3
“Sylvester’s puckish (sorry) take on the Cinderella story is reflected in squiggly, exaggerated watercolor-and-ink pictures. Most of them float on the page as if on the ice, and this works wonderfully, from Cindy’s parents’ frozen basement apartment to the wide rink. The Fairy Goaltender, by the way, works her magic by whacking Cindy across the legs with her magic hockey stick. Goal!” – Kirkus Reviews

The Hockey SweaterThe Hockey Sweater
Written by Roch Carrier
Illustrated by Sheldon Cohen
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Hardcover | 24 Pages | Ages 7-9
ISBN: 978-0-88776-169-0
Paperback: 978-0-88776-174-4
“It’s a classic… you can’t really be a Canadian and not read it. It’s become part of our cultural lexicon.” – Canadian Children’s Book News

Ice TimeIce Time
The Story of Hockey

Written by Michael McKinley
Hardcover | 80 Pages
ISBN: 978-0-88776-762-3
“From the nostalgic cover photos to the colorful action shots inside, this history of ice hockey is a winner. Tales of early hockey legends…and superb photos, some vintage…add enormous appeal. The author’s enthusiasm for ice hockey is infectious, giving the book widespread appeal especially for fans and former players. It is a highly recommended purchase for school and libraries in areas where hockey is played.” – VOYA

Real Stories from the RinkReal Stories from the Rink
Written by Brian Mcfarlane
Illustrated by Steve Nease
Trade Paperback | 96 Pages
ISBN: 978-0-88776-604-6
“Read this book and you will sweep the hockey category at the next Jeopardy challenge.” – TV Guide

Learn All About HockeyHockey Canada’s Learn All About Hockey
Color and Activity

Written by Al Huberts
Illustrated by Frank Bailey
Trade Paperback | 176 Pages | Ages 4-8
ISBN: 978-1-77049-436-7
“Since Learn All About Hockey Coloring and Activity Book really doesn’t have a plot and there is no real characterization, who would choose to ‘read’ it? The answer – Newbies to the game of hockey, especially those who don’t know/understand how the sport is played, how teams are structured, the equipment players, including goalies, need to wear . . . the hockey rink and its ‘parts’, the game’s rules, and especially hockey’s vocabulary, including the visual ‘language’ or hand signals used by the on-ice officials.” – CM Magazine

Screech Owls Series by Roy MacGregor
Mystery at Lake Placid The Night They Stole the Stanley Cup The Ghost of the Stanley Cup Sudden Death in New York City Peril at the Worlds Biggest Hockey Tournament Face-Off at the Alamo Panic in Pittsburgh The Mystery of the Russian Ransom The Boston Breakout

Puckster Series by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
Puckster's First Hockey Sweater Puckster's First Hockey Game Pucksters First Hockey Tournament Pucksters New Hockey Teammate Pucksters First Hockey Tryout Puckster Goes to the Olympics

My First NHL Book by Christopher Jordan
Hockey 123 Hockey ABC Hockey Animals Hockey Colours Hockey Opposites Hockey Shapes

NHLPA
We Are the Goalies We Are the Goal Scorers