A Graphic Novel
by Kiel Phegley
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Pub Date 03 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2023
Lerner Publishing Group, Graphic Universe ™
Evan just wants to win a game. Bobby would rather fight than win.
Hockey—and life—keep handing them both losses. Their team, the Strikers, has a roster of rejects in hand-me-down coats but lacks good equipment, a deep bench, and a coach who shows up on time. Their town of Flint, Michigan, has been down on its luck their whole lives.
The boys may not understand each other, but together, they’ll find their reasons to keep taking the ice.
Strikers is a hilarious, hard hitting, and moving story about how to stay on your skates when you only see L’s in your future.
A Note From the Publisher
This title is also available as a library bound for $31.99 (ISBN: 978-1-5415-8978-0).
"Fun and heartfelt with a touch of nostalgia." —Gene Yang, bestselling author of American Born Chinese and Dragon Hoops
"Fueled with hockey and humanity, Strikers delivers absolute proof of what it really means to be a champion. Kiel Phegley and Jacques Khouri shoot and score big." —Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of the Ordinary People Change the World series
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Average rating from 24 members
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Yall this one is SO GOOD. I loved the low stakes of it being it being peewee/d league hockey, but against the serious backdrop of Flint, Michigan in the 1980s. I loved the "explicit hockey" (what it when there's on page hockey, as opposed to a romance book where the guy plays hockey as a reason for him being buff and a douchebag). I especially loved all the boys, my favorite was Paul. They were all super distinct with clear motivations, and I wanted to root for all of them. I wanted them to win more than they wanted to!
The illustrations were amazing, the artist is so talented and really conveyed the movement on ice, as well as expressions on the characters' faces.
Young or old, hockey/sports fan or not, I would recommend this story. It's a quick read and definitely worth checking out. 5 stars!
As a hockey fan, I really enjoyed this story of a not-that-great team, especially the end where the futures of the players are revealed. This was a fun read and will be enjoyed by hockey fans.
It is rare that I find a good sports graphic novel that talks about things other than sports. This novel, while centered around hockey, talks about how you need to keep pushing forward even if you don't see yourself winning in the future.
This was a fun hockey read! I enjoyed the “never give up” message that the book had. Sports loving students would likely enjoy this one.
A great graphic novel about a losing youth league hockey team and how they unite as a team to improve. I loved the end explanations of "where are the players now". The player cards with info was a cute touch as well. Loved that the boy and his family grew and evolved during the story.