Check Please!: # Hockey

By: Ngozi Ukazu

Eric Bittle is a former Georgia junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and amateur pâtissier. But as accomplished as he is, nothing could prepare him for his freshman year of playing hockey at the prestigious Samwell University in Samwell, Massachusetts. It's nothing like co-ed club hockey back in the South! For one? There’s checking. Second, there is Jack—his very attractive but moody captain.
A collection of the first half of the mega-popular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: # Hockey is the first in a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.
Foreword. Extra comic strips. Character tweets. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781250177957

JLG Release: Oct 2018


Series: Check, Please!
Sensitive Areas: Strong language, Strong sexual themes, College drinking culture
Topics: University life , Hockey , Romance , Friendship , Teamwork , College students , Sports , Graphic novels

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Awards & Honors

2019 William C. Morris Award Finalist
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Fiction for Young Adults
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - 2019
Booklist Top 10 Sports Books for Youth 2018
CPL Best Books, Teen Graphic Novels - 2018
Kirkus Best Books, Young Adult - 2018
NYPL Best Books for Teens - 2018

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly, Booklist*, School Library Journal*, Kirkus Reviews*

School Library Journal

Originally created as a webcomic, this tale follows junior champion figure skater and small-town Georgia boy Eric “Bitty” Bittle as he begins freshman year on the Samwell University varsity hockey team. An avid video blogger, recipe fanatic, and pie baker extraordinaire, Bitty is bewildered by his new world of bros, kegsters, and aggressive “ Originally created as a webcomic, this tale follows junior champion figure skater and small-town Georgia boy Eric “Bitty” Bittle as he begins freshman year on the Samwell University varsity hockey team. An avid video blogger, recipe fanatic, and pie baker extraordinaire, Bitty is bewildered by his new world of bros, kegsters, and aggressive “checking”—roughness that wasn’t allowed in his coed hockey league back home. In addition, he is still unsure how to tell his tough guy team members that he’s gay. However, despite some disheartening setbacks, eternal optimist Bitty is determined to overcome his checking anxiety, work his heart out, and win over the guys—and his handsome team captain—even if it means bribing everyone with homemade pecan pie. Although this appears to be a simple sports comic at first glance, it is far more complex. Through a combination of hilarious team banter, foodie humor, and a lovable main character, Ukazu has crafted a compelling story about acceptance, identity, and confidence. She expertly uses bold colors and exaggerated facial expressions, such as Bitty’s large eyes, to convey emotion. ­VERDICT Although casual profanity, a few crass jokes, and some alcohol use make this a comic best suited for mature teens, this endearing volume is a must-have for YA graphic novel collections. Sure to resonate with hockey fans and sports newbies alike.–Lara ­Goldstein, Orange County Public Libraries, NC

Book Details

ISBN

9781250177957

First Release

October 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 6"

Page Count

288

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.2; Points: 6;

Lexile

Level GN540L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

First Second

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Strong language, Strong sexual themes, College drinking culture

Topics

University life, Hockey, Romance, Friendship, Teamwork, College students, Sports, Graphic novels,

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