JACQUES PLANTE: DERRIÈRE LE MASQUE
MONTRÉAL: XYZ, 1996, 221 P.
(LES GRANDES FIGURES)
14 AND UP
Vision, audacity, and a revolutionary philosophy make Jacques Plante unique.
This book tells the story of his legendary career as a NHL goaltender,
from his beginnings in the minor leagues in Shawinigan, Quebec to his rise
to stardom, and describes how the difficulties he encountered in his personal
life mirrored those he faced on the ice. This exceptional biography provides
insight into the most eloquent athlete of his generation: an avid reader
and a born dissenter.
Leaving home isn't easy especially when your new school is a seminary
run by priests who insist that their students play basketball. In this
nostalgic, often funny glimpse of a young man's journey along the road
of life, Roch Carrier revisits the town of Sainte Justine, Quebec. Daunted
by his new home and inability to play basketball, the young narrator decides
to leave the seminary. But after an encounter with a gruff-voiced poacher,
he realizes that it is easier to confront his fears than run away from
them, and he rejoins his schoolmates in a rousing game of basketball. Sheldon
Cohen's vivid and energetic illustrations complement the text in this story
as well as in earlier sports collaborations with Carrier, which include
the Canadian classic, The Hockey Sweater.
LANCE ET KLONK
ILLUSTRATIONS: PIERRE PRATT
BOUCHERVILLE, QUÉBEC: QUÉBEC/AMÉRIQUE JEUNESSE, 1994, 128 P.
(LA SÉRIE KLONK ; 2) (BILBO JEUNESSE ; 53)
10 AND UP
Klonk's telekinetic powers set him apart from his peers. He asks a childhood
friend to come to Quebec City and bring a large sum of money with him.
Klonk is able to influence the outcome of a hockey game at the Quebec Coliseum
with the power of his mind, and needs the money to place a winning bet.
Soon, Klonk and his friend have joined the shady world of sports betting.
After Klonk disappears without a trace, his friend jumps from adventure
to adventure trying to track him down. Readers will find this story as
exciting and action-packed as a hockey game!
MANON RHÉAUME: SEULE DEVANT LE FILET
MONTRÉAL: ÉDITIONS DE L'HOMME, 1993, 160 P.
AGES 12 AND UP
AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH: MANON: ALONE IN FRONT OF
(TORONTO: HARPERCOLLINS, 1994, ©1993)
Manon Rhéaume has loved hockey since she began to play at five years of
age, but her life as a hockey player has not been an easy one. Playing
on boys' teams, she was constantly confronted with the disapproval of her
male colleagues, coaches, and fans and she had to work harder than her
teammates to achieve her goals. Her perseverance paid off! At the age of
20, Manon became the first female to play in the National Hockey League.
Manon Rhéaume: Seule devant le filet chronicles Manon's rise to fame through
her own eyes and the eyes of her family, teammates, and coaches. Her story
is emotional, inspiring, and offers an inside look at a young woman's struggle
to succeed in a male-dominated sport.
MARIO LE PINGOUIN
ILLUSTRATIONS: DOMINIQUE JOLIN
SAINT-LAMBERT, QUÉBEC: HÉRITAGE, 1994, 24 P.
AGES 4 TO 9
In this amusing story, told in rhyme, a crowd of walrus go to a hockey
game at the Ice Palace to cheer for their hero, Mario, captain of the Penguins,
in a game against the Polar Bears. When the sensational Mario shoots and
scores, the crowd goes crazy as their team wins the famous Ice Cream Cup.
The details of the very funny, brightly coloured illustrations add enjoyment
to the story: crowds arrive at the Palace on the back of a whale, on small
ice bergs, or in hot-air balloons shaped like fish. Instead of popcorn
everyone is snacking on miniature fish, one of the Penguins keeps a soother
around his neck, and the winners' trophy is filled to overflowing with
ice-cream and chocolate sauce... mmmm, good!
LE MATCH DES ÉTOILES
MONTRÉAL: QUÉBEC/AMÉRIQUE JEUNESSE, 1996, 93 P.
JEUNESSE ; 66)
AGES 10 TO 14
It is a time-honoured debate in all sports - are the players of today as
good as the stars of yesterday? Author Gravel makes such a confrontation
possible in this novel when the great Maurice "the Rocket" Richard meets
a mysterious taxi driver with strange powers. A team of older superstars,
including Jean Béliveau, Stan Mikita and others, is assembled and the game
is arranged. Gravel gives us a satisfying result and, at the same time,
reminds us that there is often still a big kid inside a grown man. He also
casts a wary glance at how sports have become commercialized and demonstrates
that sports should also be fun. The novel is simply but effectively written
and moves along at a rapid pace.
MYRIAM BÉDARD BIATHLONIENNE ET SACHA LE CHAT
PIERRE DE BILLY
SAINT-LAMBERT, QUÉBEC: HÉRITAGE, 1995, 153 P.
EN PLEIN COEUR) (HÉRITAGE JEUNESSE)
AGES 10 T0 15
Sacha wins his school's "Young Reporter" contest. The prize is an interview
with the biathlete Myriam Bédard and a chance to get an article about it
published. The young reporter is torn between excitement and anxiety! Myriam
talks about the highlights of her life, from her childhood to the birth
of her first child, and of her career as an Olympic athlete, describing
her feelings and telling some revealing stories along the way. Advice for
young biathletes and biographical notes complete the book. This biography,
written in interview format, is interspersed with fictitious details that
give it a novel-like quality. The style is lively, the tone playful, and
readers will be able to identify with Myriam. This book should appeal to
young adolescents in search of a role model.
LES NOUVEAUX BONHEURS
ILLUSTRATIONS: GENEVIÈVE CÔTÉ
BOUCHERVILLE, QUÉBEC: QUÉBEC/AMÉRIQUE JEUNESSE, 1996, 142 P.
(LA SÉRIE AURÉLIE ; 4)
(BILBO JEUNESSE ; 65)
8 TO 10
Study break is starting soon and Aurélie is already excited about all the
activities her mother has planned for the two of them. But it turns out
that her mother is so busy at work that she has to cancel their plans.
To give her daughter something to do, she buys her a pair of skates and
Aurélie has to learn to use them... all by herself. She is fortunate to
find the wonderful Zingara Park where two kind teachers, Zéphyr and Myriam,
offer crash courses in skating. Once Aurélie can skate, she performs for
Frida, the demanding judge. Thanks to her determination and courage, our
heroine learns to skate with ease in a winter wonderland.
LES PATINS D'ANDRÉ
ILLUSTRATIONS: STÉPHANE JORISCH
MONTRÉAL: STANKÉ, 1994. BOOK,
READING GUIDE, AUDIO-CASSETTE
(GRANDS AUTEURS, PETITS LECTEURS)
8 TO 10
Seven-year-old André dreams of owning a pair of skates and of playing hockey
with the stars of the NHL. One Christmas, his dream comes true and his
talent, efforts and perseverance do the rest. This fantasy may make adults
smile in disbelief, but children in search of adventure will come back
for more. The illustrator's watercolours add a humorous touch to the beautifully
written story. The audio version of the book will appeal to slightly younger
audiences, and includes game suggestions and hockey trivia. The fine recording
includes music, sound effects and enthralling narration by the author (who
is also a sports commentator).