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Ice Magic

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ICE MAGIC A strange power is at work in the rink... Pie Pennelli loves to play ice hockey, but he's got some problems: his hand-me-down skates are too big for him, and one of his teammates is always giving him a hard time. But Pie's troubles really begin when his next-door neighbors find an antique hockey game. They swear the game is magic and can predict every play Pie's ...more
Paperback, 151 pages
Published September 30th 1987 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 1973)
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May 05, 2016 Josiah rated it did not like it
Hockey isn't as common a subject as baseball, football, or basketball in Matt Christopher's junior novels, but he writes the game action competently even as he adds his signature sprinkling of the paranormal. Young Pie Pennelli is an adequate right winger for the Penguins of his Fly League hockey team. He isn't their top scorer—that would be Terry "the terrible" Mason, an outspoken defenseman who's always heckled Pie for his blunders on the ice but has ridden him especially hard lately—and he ...more
Oct 25, 2013 Connor rated it really liked it
It was a pretty good book I didn't like terry because he was mean.
Bruce Boes
Mar 09, 2014 Bruce Boes rated it really liked it
The main character in ice hockey was Pie. He had a bad life at home living up to the expectations his parents have for him that his brother set. He also got some old skates from his brother that he just can't skate in that hold him back. I feel bad for Pie for the way he is treated by teammates too I thought Matt Christopher did a very good job with the book.
Pie is a hockey player with very bad luck with skates and the teammates he has to deal with. His bad luck soon washes off when his neighb
Jul 21, 2014 Cathy rated it it was ok
Recommended to Cathy by: Battle of the Books 2014-15
ICE MAGIC A strange power is at work in the rink... Pie Pennelli loves to play ice hockey, but he's got some problems: his hand-me-down skates are too big for him, and one of his teammates is always giving him a hard time. But Pie's troubles really begin when his next-door neighbors find an antique hockey game. They swear the game is magic and can predict every play Pie's team will make! When the magic game shows Pie immobilized in midgame, what does it mean for Pie on the ice?

Didn't love this b
Donovan Oneal
Oct 10, 2014 Donovan Oneal rated it liked it
Ice Magic, this book is about a regular boy who loves to play hockey. One day after one of his hockey game his two younger neighbors tell him that everything that happened in their stick hockey game came true in his real life game. Pie doesn't believe them, but they are trying to convince him that they are not lying. Is this a coincidence or is it MAGIC? This book was very interesting I liked it a lot because I enjoy mysteries and I play hockey, this book combined the two. I recommend this book ...more
Jan 16, 2015 Becca rated it it was ok
Shelves: sports, bb-2015
I was assigned to prepare review questions for this book last fall for our school district Battle of the Books endeavor. I was familiar with many of the titles on the proposed list, but not this one, and had to borrow it to fulfill my assignment. This is a niche book, good for the occasional boy who will only read sports books, but I did not enjoy it and thought, "What have I got myself into? If the other titles I am not familiar with are as bad as this how can I encourage kids to read them?"
Jul 14, 2015 Maufiroh rated it liked it
This book is about hockey games and magic. As Indonesian, hockey games is almost never played in my country. So, while I was reading this book, I got many knowledges about hockey games and because of that should make me to search in google to explore about it. Overall, I enjoyed this book. It tells me that we shouldnt accusse someone. Then, we should have coinscience to having an apology if we know that we were wrong. :)
Jul 23, 2007 Drew rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sports kids
Shelves: kids
What if your sports competitions were not a product of your own sweat and tears, but instead the result of some kid's ice hockey table? That's what happens here, and it prepares kids for something they learn about later called point shaving (when the ref or other players give effort based on the point spread).
Feb 24, 2015 Trever rated it it was amazing
This book is super good. It is one of my favorites. Pie loves to play hockey. His old skates are too big for him so he always rolls his ankles. Him and his friends find an old antique hockey game and they think it's magic. They think it can control pies whole next game. Will it ruin his career or will it make him an all star?
Dec 29, 2014 Jody rated it liked it
Um...not my thing, but I've been hearing my whole career how Matt Christopher has turned so many kids, especialy boys, on to reading. The magic in this was a turn-off for me. A little cheesy. One more Battle of the Books book to go!
Mar 06, 2016 Derek rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens_books
It's been years but I can still remember sitting down and reading this book between the library shelves of my middle school. And while I can't remember them all, I know I ready a bunch of Matt Christopher books, with none being better in my mind than Ice Magic.
Aug 10, 2016 Matt rated it liked it
Shelves: childhood

My best friend played hockey growing up- a goalie, as it happens, and an all-state top ranked one- and his wife (another great friend of mine) also grew up playing goalie (in VT, not MA where he and I are from) and said she used to read about his shutouts in the newspapers.
Mar 01, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I loved this book as a kid!!!!! I haven't read it lately but I remember reading it a lot when I was younger.
Jan 27, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
Super fun book for anyone who loves playing hockey. This book combined the game, with mystery, with magic. It was a lot of fun to read.
Deborah Harris
Dec 15, 2013 Deborah Harris added it
Shelves: ar-4, a16
AR Quiz No. 421 EN Fiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: MG - BL: 4.8 - AR Pts: 2.0
Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP, VP
Stephen Torres
my favorite scence is hockey because they play on ice.they sit on the will be 5 player on the ice and it hurt.
Jun 15, 2014 Caren rated it liked it
A little bit of magic along with the hockey theme.
Should be a good choice for some of the lower readers in Battle of the Books.
Emily Lorkowski
Jan 01, 2012 Emily Lorkowski rated it really liked it
It was not a bad book. I thought it should of caught the readers eye more. But i like it after all. It showed you to never give up and have fun with sports.
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Matt Christopher is America's bestselling sports writer for children, with more than 100 books and sales approaching six million copies. In 1992, Matt Christopher talked about being a children's
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