Reviews

Reviews

The Hat Trick: a young hockey star in the fight of his life

“First-time author Tom Earle is a former hockey player, now a teacher. His young adult novel “The Hat Trick” is outstanding, and you don’t have to be a young person to enjoy it; it has plenty of adult appeal…Tom Earle’s background as a player serves him well as he tells this page-turner of a story where the action both on and of the ice is described very well. His descriptions of plays are impeccable; they’re vivid and gripping, and you feel like you’re in the middle of them. Earle conveys the high level of skill that professional players employ, and the moves and strategies they’re capable of putting into action…In fact,well-drawn characters, and a realistic, action-driven plot will have even reluctant readers hooked from the first page. I recommend this book highly. Ask for it at your public library, or look for it at bookstores as an excellent gift idea.” — Darrell Squires, The Western Star

The Hat Trick

“In many ways, The Hat Trick could pass as an adult novel as it “violates” so many norms of the YA novel. Both the book’s physical length and its time span are much longer than is usually the case in a novel for adolescents, especially one aimed at males. For most of the novel, the central character is an adult, rather than an adolescent, and the book’s many adult characters take centre stage much more frequently than normally occurs in YA novels. Nonetheless, Tom Earle, a teacher for the past 18 years, has written a most entertaining story, one in which he has even managed to include a bit of romance. Though Earle never made it to The Show, himself, his hockey resume includes playing for the Orillia Travelways, the Barrie Colts, Dartmouth College of the NCAA and the Whitley Bay Warriors of the British Ice League. Earle’s personal hockey knowledge truly shows through in the game portions of the book.

Older middle school boys who have read their way through the Lorimer and Orca hockey series books should be directed toward The Hat Trick along with high school boys who think that novels have nothing to offer them.

Highly Recommended.” — Dave Jenkinson, CM Magazine

The Hat Trick

“This is a hockey lover’s book through and through. Author Tom Earle’s passion for and knowledge of the game is immediately evident as he brings readers directly into the world of professional hockey. He masterfully evokes the atmosphere of a small-town hockey rink; the camaraderie and organized chaos in the dressing room; the intensity and thrill of the game as only the boys on the ice can experience it. Those who love the game will be spellbound by his ability to capture everything about it. Yet even readers who are not as well-versed in hockey lore will find themselves ensnared by Ricky’s story. Earle has scored a winner with this highly engaging sports story.” — Lisa Doucet, Canadian Children’s Book News