Open Ice by Pat Hughes

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All his life, crowds have been cheering for Nick Taglio.
He’s been skating since he could walk, scoring goals since he picked up a hockey stick. He’s only a sophomore but he rules the ice, because Nicky Tag’s a fighter. Which means you have to take some hits; concussions come with the territory. When he gets another head injury, his doctor, his parents, and his coach tell him he can never play again. Too dangerous, they say. He can’t risk his future.
But they don’t understand that without hockey, Nick has no future. It’s not a game, it’s his life. And nobody can stop him from playing.

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Pat Hughes is an editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer and lives in Pennsylvania. Pat has published two middle-grade historical novels;Open Iceis Pat’s first novel for young adults.From the Hardcover edition.
Published November 8, 2005 by Wendy Lamb Books. 288 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The accident has thrown him out of his comfort zone, and he has to find a new life for himself, finding girls who seem to like him, not just the popular sports hero, starting to study and discover he just might be smart, and realizing he cares about his little brother.

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OPEN ICE is the story of self-centered Nick Taglio, the sophomore star of the high school hockey team.

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I recommend this book to anyone looking for a realistic-fiction book and to anyone who enjoys sports.

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Afterwards, Nick finds himself skating on a pond frozen over, that he used to skate on as a kid, and realizing how much he missed skating just to skate, not to win a scholarship.

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Dialogue is realistic and takes the reader though a range of emotions, making the reader angry with Nick when he argues with his parents, scared when Nick babysits his little bro, and happy when Nick and Griff realize that hockey isn’t as important as friendship.

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