Power Play

Power Play

Book - 2013
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This gripping new novel by bestselling children’s/YA author Eric Walters explores the complex and disturbing relationship between a talented young hockey star and his predatory coach as it descends into sexual abuse. In one of his most moving and provocative stories to date, Walters combines a vivid portrayal of rink culture with a powerful and unflinching cautionary tale.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, ©2013
ISBN: 9781443407618
Branch Call Number: WALTERS
Characteristics: 224 p. ; 22 cm

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Sarahjka
Nov 16, 2014

In Power Play, Cody is a male teen who finds playing hockey a distraction from a home sweet home that isn't as sweet as it should be with a loud, alcoholic father and from school that didn’t work out well for him.. No one is tougher than Cody, not his hockey teammates, not his competitors on the ice, not even his father after he’s been drinking. Cody only wants one thing, to make it to the NHL, and he won’t let anything get in his way.

When Cody is enrolled for the Junior A league, Coach Connors takes Cody under his wing, giving him new experience, playing nice with his parents, and promising to help to the way for Cody to go to the NHL. He thinks his dreams of climbing up the ranks are coming true, but unfortunately for Cody, Coach's promises have a price. He soon learns that his new champion will take as much as he gives. The situation quickly becomes a nightmare: not only does the coach sexually abuse Cody, but he also ensures the young player’s silence through controlling, intimidation, and threats. Cody has to decide whether or not his dreams are worth suffering at the hands of his hero.

I've never thought this book would be this good. At first I thought it was just another boring book about hockey and I was forced to pick it and read it because of a school project, but I'm so glad I did because it's very tragic and realistic. Good for educational and discussion purposes. As many people would say that it is only for older teens, I'd say it is supposed to be for everyone because the book wasn’t graphic at all and it just helps people realize that seeking help isn’t a bad thing and there's always someone that'd do anything to help you.

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WASEEM55
Apr 01, 2014

i really enjoyed this book i am not a reader but i just flew threw this one really fast this book is a amazing hockey book favorite book I've ever read id rate this a 5.5 any day i recommend this book to any hockey fans out there give it a try!

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Haven0406
Dec 20, 2013

it was kind of a short read but still pretty good, finished it pretty quick, never put it down. I recommend it :)

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Divine19
Dec 04, 2013

I like Eric Walters' books and this one will definitively be enjoyed by many.

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Daniel Philippe
Jun 07, 2013

I think this book very very well written. I had a hard time putting the book down because it was very interesting and I love teen sports fiction books. There is a twist in the story which changes everything that book had led up to.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes sports fiction.
This book is a must read.

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Alexandra_C_E
May 13, 2013

With the exception of two books (and neither really count quite in the same way as this, though actually – Nicholas Dane deals with this, too), I haven’t come across a book written for teens, and specifically targeted toward guys, that covers this material. Obviously, there are a number of books out there dealing with sexual abuse, but most talk about girls being abused, not guys. For that reason, in addition to the fact that it was so well written, this is an important book.

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