Michigan vs. the Boys

By: Carrie Allen

Michigan Manning lives for hockey, and this is her year to shine. That is, until she gets some crushing news: budget cuts will keep the girls' hockey team off the ice this year. If she wants colleges to notice her, Michigan has to find a way to play. Luckily, there's still one team left in town…

The boys' team isn't exactly welcoming, but Michigan's prepared to prove herself. She plays some of the best hockey of her life, in fact, all while putting up with changing in the broom closet, constant trash talk and—harmless? —pranks that always seem to target her. But once hazing crosses the line into assault, Michigan must weigh the consequences of speaking up—even if it means putting her future on the line.

ISBN: 9781525301483

JLG Release: Dec 2019


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Sexuality, Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment
Topics: High schools , Gender roles , Ice hockey , Fame , Michigan , Sports and recreation

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When budget cuts end her hockey team right before her final season, Michigan Manning has little choice but to try out for the boys’ team if she wants to keep playing. But making it onto the team is the least of her problems when it becomes obvious that neither the coach nor her teammates want her there. With Coach looking for any opportunity to c When budget cuts end her hockey team right before her final season, Michigan Manning has little choice but to try out for the boys’ team if she wants to keep playing. But making it onto the team is the least of her problems when it becomes obvious that neither the coach nor her teammates want her there. With Coach looking for any opportunity to cut her and her teammates’ hazing becoming increasingly violent, Michigan is forced to decide how much she is willing to sacrifice in order to keep playing the game she loves. This timely sports story is an uncomfortable read but a necessary one, tackling tough issues like hazing and sexism in sports. Allen skillfully paints a bleak picture without coming across as message-y, and Michigan’s own coaching duties allow her to reflect on the example that she’s setting for future generations. While readers may chafe at Michigan’s reluctance to step forward sooner and put a stop to it, as the violence toward her escalates, the result is a high stakes page turner where the tension is palpable. Frank discussion of sexual assault and harassment make this a better choice for older readers who enjoy sports and Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie but may not be ready for E.K. Johnston’s Exit, Pursued by a Bear.

Book Details

ISBN

9781525301483

First Release

December 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

6 x 8 1/2

Page Count

304

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

KCP Loft

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Sexuality, Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment

Topics

High schools, Gender roles, Ice hockey, Fame, Michigan, Sports and recreation,

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Book Genres

Sports Fiction

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