The Magic Hockey Stick

The Magic Hockey Stick

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Overview

Do you believe in magic? Inspired by a real event, this is the fictional tale of a little girl whose parents win Wayne Gretzky's hockey stick at an auction.

Tracy does. When she starts using Wayne Gretzky’s hockey stick, won by her parents at a charity auction, she suddenly becomes the best player on her hockey team. She hasn’t become a better player overnight—it’s the magic of The Great One’s stick! But while Tracy’s star is on the rise, Wayne’s is steadily dropping. He’s in the greatest slump of his career. Tracy knows that Wayne needs his magic stick back, but she needs it, too. The question is: Who needs it more?

“Even children who have no knowledge of hockey will be entertained by this book and impressed by its message. Maloney and Zekauskas have scored a winning goal with this one.”—School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142300152
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Series: Picture Puffin Books
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 325,254
Product dimensions: 9.06(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Peter Maloney spent most of his childhood playing in the woods behind the house he grew up in in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. He wrote his first book, a 165-page novel called Journey Under The Pacific Ocean, when he was eleven years old.

After graduating from Rutgers College, Peter took courses in illustration and design at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He began submitting children's picture books to publishing houses. They were all rejected. At the same time he worked at an advertising agency in New York City creating ads, jingles and tv commercials including the original Milk Moustache campaign for Dellwood Milk. Around this time he also met a young college graduate named Felicia Zekauskas. During their very first conversation he discovered she also shared the dream of writing and illustrating children's books.

Peter and Felicia then went into business together. They started a graphic design and advertising company called Zinc. In their spare time, they began collaborating on picture books. Their first book, Redbird at Rockefeller Center, is the story of a baby redbird stranded atop the world's most famous Christmas tree. Their second book, The Magic Hockey Stick, is based on what happened to them after they won Wayne Gretzky's hockey stick at a charity auction at Madison Square Garden.

In addition to sports stars, Peter's heroes have always included writers, artists and songwriters. As a boy he loved reading books by Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R. Tolkien and Kenneth Robeson. His favorite songwriters are Joni Mitchell, Ray Davies and Cole Porter and his favorite illustrators include William Steig, Charles Addams, Jean Pierre Sempe and Edward Sorel.

There's nothing Peter would rather do than write and illustrate picture books, although he would also like to be a famous rock star.

Peter now lives on the 37th floor of a skyscraper in downtown Manhattan. From his window, he can still see the distant woods he played in as a child.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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The Magic Hockey Stick 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
wwe121424 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is when a boy finds Wayne Gretzky's(best hockey player EVER) hockey stick and uses it in a game. Then has to return it to "The Great One." All aroung great book
annikasmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fantasy book which seems believable in the story but has fantastical elements like a magic hockey stick. It is also a poetry book with plenty of rhyme. Art Media: pencil and gouacheAppropriate Age: Primary
sophiea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book for younger students to have fun and learn about hockey!
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I think this book is a lot of fun if you like Wayne Gretzky or hockey. It is about a girl hockey player who's parents buy a Wayne Gretzky stick and she uses the stick in a game.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for young hcokey players. The flow and rhyme make the book fun to read for adults! It will always be one of my favorite books!!