Author: Maureen Ulrich Copyright Date: 2007
Jessie’s family has moved from Saskatoon to Estevan and Jessie is having a rough time. Some of the girls have started to bully her and make her life miserable. Power Play is part Klutzhood and part Egghead; a bully story set in small town Canada. Despite the high hockey content, this is a girl’s book. The relationships and romance drive the story line. The characters are well-developed and likable. The plot is believable and reasonably compelling. There would be many opportunities to look at real life connection to the events of the book. This book would make a good companion to Outsiders by S.E. Hinton as a more up-to-date coming of age story. Some passages would be useful in a Health Guidance class for opening discussion on use of instant messaging and protecting yourself from bullying. As with Dear Jo, there is a didactic component to this book. The final pages from the book are self-help for bullying victims and bystanders. I’m not sure I like these kinds of incursions into my personal reading but maybe that’s not the intent of this book, to be pleasure reading. Still, I would recommend this book for school use and as pleasure reading for your girl hockey fanatics. I can think of some of my kids for whom this might be an excellent read.
Rating: #1(Highly Recommended) ✓ #2 #3 #4 (not acceptable)
Interest Level: Grade 7-9 Reading Level: Grade 7+
Curriculum Area: Language Arts, Health, Personal and Social Values
Theme(s) Topic(s): Bullying, MSM, changes, hockey, small town vs. city, fitting in, growing up
This book would be suitable for: ✓ Lit Circles ✓ Kit Materials ✓Read-Aloud (Gr.) 7+