Eleven Seconds: A Story of Tragedy, Courage & Triumph
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Eleven Seconds: A Story of Tragedy, Courage & Triumph

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In this heartfelt testament to the power of love and the strength of the human spirit, Travis Roy, who suffered a devastating injury eleven seconds into his first college hockey game, reveals how he has managed to cope after the accident and, with the help of family and friends, overcome tremendous barriers to begin a new life.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Grand Central Publishing
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Michaela
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Everett M
Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy is about a middle age boy who is living all of his dreams. Travis is playing hockey at a division 1 school, dating the girl of his dreams, and is part of a family that can´t get any closer. Unfortunately, all that changes when in the first 11 seconds of his college hockey career, he breaks his neck. This was the first book that I have ever read that literally gave me goosebumps! This book was so much more than an entertaining read to pass time. This book put my life...more
Rachel Barr
Imagine working your butt off everyday for your whole life, giving it 100 percent, and right when the moment matters the most, you mess up. This is what Travis Roy experienced in his championship hockey game. One bad move, and he is paralyzed for the rest of his life. This book was written in first person, because Travis Roy wrote it himself. He defiantly makes himself sound real in the book, because this is no fairytale. When he is in the wheelchairs, people would stereotype him, and think he i...more
Rebecca Smalley
Eleven Seconds is about Travis Roy, a young hockey player whose life changed in the matter of 11 seconds. Travis has been playing hockey his whole life and had big dreams. One of them was playing Division 1 Hockey his first year in college. Travis made that dream come true, but for only 11 seconds. At his first game Travis hit one of the other players but reflected off of him and hit the boards, breaking his fourth cervical vertabra. He became paralyzed below his shoulders. Travis' parents, his...more
Amanda Giannasca
I wanted to read Eleven Seconds because I am a Hockey fan, I am very interested in Hockey and it is something that I would be interested in reading and focused on it. The title of my book is Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy. The genre of this book is Biography. I would recommend this book to any Hockey fan or anyone that would like to learn why people say "Don't take anything for granted" or "Be thankful for what you have" because this book really teaches you how blessed you are and some people don...more
Mat Anderson
The book Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy is a very touching story about a star hockey player from Maine. Travis grew up around hockey,and loved it. He was a star freshman on the varsity team at NYA in Yarmouth. He knew he needed to play against better competition. The next year he went to Tabor academy. He met a girl named Maiji, and they eventually would have a serious relationship. Travis played college hockey at BU. Thats where his life changed. In the first eleven seconds of his first career ga...more
Bailey Heald
The book I read was eleven seconds by Travis Roy.I thought that this book was really good and I recommend this book to anyone. This book is about a middle aged man who played hockey. His dream for his whole life was to play hockey for Boston University and he made it. In his first game playing for BU (Boston University) he was a starter and when he was 11 seconds into the game he was going for the puck when it was in in the corner. He hit the guy who had the puck and went head first into the boa...more
Taylor
I thought this book was alright. The story was very moving, but I didn't enjoy the way the book was written. The structure of it seemed very amateur, but that doesn't really matter because Travis was a hockey player, not an author. However I thought he portrayed the story of his life well enough for people to understand what happened to him, and how other people suffering with quadriplegic injuries can be helped...

At the boarding school I attend, my grade chose to support Travis Roy and The Tra...more
Eric Diemer
I read the book Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy and I thought the book was a great choice for me to read. I was able to read the book well and follow it because it involved one of my favorite sports while making me think that this injury could happen to anybody who were to play the game. This book is a description of his life after becoming a quadriplegic. It is hard to imagine that all the hard work he has put toward the game he loved could end his dreams as fast as eleven seconds.

I liked how i wa...more
Kasey Harris
Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy
Published- January 1998
Genre- Biography
Setting- Boston University
Character- Travis Roy
Major Theme- Don't give up
Synopsis- Travis Roy was a star in the game of hockey. He had gotten his shot at Boston University to play hockey. This was his dream and it had become a reality. In no more than eleven seconds, his first shift of his first college hockey game, his dream would be crushed. He had gone head first into the boards and cracked his fourth vertebrae leaving him par...more
Anna Cherubin
The book I read was Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy. This memoir was a non-fiction young adult book. The book is about Boston University freshman Travis Roy and his passion and love for hockey. It’s his first game of the season and he’s starting, but only 11 seconds in while diving for the puck, he gets slammed into the wall and from then on he is a quadriplegic.
This book goes between when he was just a little kid, growing up in Maine, watching his dad coach hockey at the local ice rink. He grew up...more
Ryan Paton
I read Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy with E.M. Swift. It is a young adult book about Travis Roy. Eleven Seconds into his first division 1 college hockey game with BU Travis was paralyzed. The book is mostly about his life in the year after the accident.
The accident happened in October of 1995. The book takes place in New England and Atlanta, Georgia and ends in April of 1997. Travis was 20 when the accident happened and he was always thankful for everything and took everything as a learning expe...more
Joey
I want to encourage our community of Billerica to join me in reading Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy. Mr. Roy's account of his life following his tragic accident in the first eleven seconds of his college hockey career, is a courageous and inspiring story about grief, loss, the love of one family, but most importantly, learning to accept the reality of who we are and then making the best of it.
Jen
I played hockey, I went to BU, I had even seen Travis Roy attending some of the BU games. I knew the story. That didn't stop me from tearing up the through most of the first 100 pages, and I'm not even close to what you would call a crier.

It is a heart-breaking but inspiring book. It even restores your faith in humanity by hearing the acts of kindness random people extended to the Roy family. Please read it, you will be glad you did.
Cindy
On October 20, 1995 just eleven seconds into his first Boston University hockey game Travis Roy went head first into the boards after another player avoided his check. The impact with the boards resulted in Roy cracking his fourth vertebra and leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. In this book Travis talks honestly and openly about his love of hockey and how much his spinal cord injury has impacted his life and the lives of those around him including his father, a hockey coach and rink manag...more
Tyler Sherwin
Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy is his story about dealing with paralysis. This happened during his first BU hockey game within 11 seconds of him being on the ice. Throughout the story he talks about the new challenges he was and still is going through. “I feel lucky” Travis said. Although he can no longer do most of the things he loves, he learned to love new things and has gotten a lot closer with friends and family since the accident. During the story Travis mentions some things people take for...more
Robert
Sep 14, 2014 Robert added it
Eleven seconds by Travis Roy is a book about Travis himself who plays hockey for boston college, and how he lives every day not being able to do much due to an accident on ice.
Sarah
This was one of the best books I have ever read! Patrick's spirit throughout the book is inspirational. I learned a lot as I read this book, especially how we take the little things in life for granted. After his accident, Patrick truly appreciates many of the smaller things in life. The quality of the writing was amazing, which really got me hooked to reading it. I also enjoyed the writing style. Travis made me feel like I was with him every step of his journey, from the accident, all the way t...more
Rachel
A must read. What got me most was knowing this was a TRUE story. Read this.
Ernie
I liked this book. it has a lesson within its pages. Sometimes after tragedy we learn to appreciate the smaller things in life. This was a very moving book that led me to re-examine what I consider to be important in my life. It also teaches that we should appreciate the gifts and talents each of us are graced with, what makes us who we are. All of these can change in an instant. It is when we are faced with life altering events, that we can truly come to understand what we are made of. We ask:...more
Jen Sullivan
Great book, both heart breaking and inspirational.
Sara Lange
Jan 18, 2008 Sara Lange rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: non-fiction
This book tells the true story of a young man who realized his dream, only to have it taken away from him. Eleven Seconds is narrated honestly and beautifully in a way that allows you to see into Travis' heart and mind and feel what he is feeling and thinking. While I can never say that I know how he actually felt (as I haven't been through a similar situation) - I took a lot away from this book and really learned to appreciate what I have taken for granted in life.
Katie
This book is simply amazing and Travis is an amazing young man. This happened to him right around the time I got into hockey and I have seen him at games. This book really touches you to the core and I think it hit me even more so because it could have happened to any of my boys, especially since we play BU at least three times every season. Travis' courage and perseverance make him a hero for everyone to look up to.
Janet W
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Val Jones
Jun 03, 2007 Val Jones rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: non-fiction
This novel tells the story of Travis Roy, a BU hockey player who broke his neck and became a quadriplegic after playing 11 seconds of his first college hockey game. It's a heartfelt novel, written simply and beautifully. I learned a lot of life lessons from this book. Roy is an inspiration; he is courageous and strong, and a likable person.
Cole "I make it rain" Van Halbeck
I loved this book has opened my eyes to the world. Eleven Seconds teaches us to enjoy your life the way it is, because at any moment tragedy can strike and change our life. I think Travis doing very good about his accident and adapted to his new way of life.
Hannah Goodman
What I find fascinating is that Travis wonders about the how versus the why. I enjoyed this book and think it's a great memoir choice for teens along with The Burn Journals. Wish that I could find a good girl protagonist book for a high interest memoir book.
Wendy
I enjoyed this book very much and found it difficult to put down. The triumph of the human spirit prevailed in Travis' circumstances. I'd like to read a follow up to the book to know where he is now and how he's moved forward in his life.
Karen
Aug 12, 2012 Karen added it
Summer read for WHS students. Although it wasn't the best written book, it was an inspirational story that I think they will enjoy. A lot of good lessons to be learned for everyone. Now I really want to hear Travis Roy speak!
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