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Getting in the Game

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Seventh-grader Joanna Giordano wants to play ice hockey, but the only game in town is the boys' middle school team. Everyone tries to talk her out of playing--from the principal and the coach to the class bully, and even her best friend, Ben. But Jo is as determined as she is talented, and even a grandfather with Alzheimer's and a father who needs anger-management classes ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Square Fish (first published April 1st 2005)
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Getting in the Game is basically about a seventh grader named Joanna who is totally different than the other girls in her school. Usually the girls in her school love figure skating, but Joanna likes ice-hockey.There were no girls-ice hockey games, which to Joanna she thinks its completely unfair. The only game in the town were the boys-middle school ice hockey team. Everyone tries to talk Joanna out of playing such as the principal, the coach, class bully, her bestfriend, and her family, but ev ...more
A middle school girl wants to play hockey, but the problem is that there's no girls hokcey team. So Joanna Giordano is forced to play with the boys. After hearing criticism for almost everybody, she still chooses to to play with the boys only team. But problems happen along the way losing best-friends, bad luck, treated unfairly, Derek and Valarie enemies of Jo.

I picked this book up because it relates to my passion/life.
I finished this book because i wanted to see a girls point of view of hockey

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"I'd rather kiss Derek's padded butt than leave the ice right now with everyone thinking that it's too rough out here for a girl."

Seventh grader Joanna Giordano wants to play ice hockey, but the only game in town is the boys' middle school team. Everyone tries to talk her out of playing--from the principal and the coach to the class bully, and even her best friend, Ben. With humor and a feisty spirit, Joanna fights for her place both on and off the ice.


A girl named Britt
Ash R.
This book is about a very unique seventh grade girl that is different from the other girls. Instead of makeup and dresses she likes sports and guys stuff. That's why her passion for ice hockey is slowly coming through. Joanna wouldn't give that us for anything, its her hobby and life! Read this book to find out the struggles she goes through to stay on the team, and prove everyone shes a great girl hockey player.

I can make a text to world connection to this because some girls fight to be on c
This book is about a girl named Joanna but goes by Jo. She is very different from the other girls in her town. Instead of being a figure skating princess, she's more like a hockey princess. Being on the boys hockey team is extreamly hard for Jo. Not only is it the teasing, but her older brother is also on the team, and is going to do anything to get her off. With lots of courage and strength, Jo is hangin in there, but that's not the only problem. Gramps is getting really sick, and Jo doesn't k ...more
Joanna is a girl who wants to play on an all boy hockey team. However, she must prove how much she loves the game in order to play. Many things such as her grandfather being hospitalized affects the game. She just wants to play the sport, but everything seems to get in her way, which stops her from actually in joying anything.

I feel as if I can relate to Joanna. Joanna and I both want to be in certain areas and teams, but do not feel comfortable being there. When I hang out with some friends, I
I read this book back in 5th grade, the curse words and raunchiness surprised me a bit, but it was really good, and I'll probably read it again someday.
I might have given this a "three" rating, but it rates a five for concept. The main character battles for a place on the (all male) school hockey team and contends with tension that has cropped up in her friendship with boy. Unlike so many books for this audience, the tension turns out to have nothing to do with "special feelings" that have cropped up between the two. It's refreshing to see a very contemporary and realistic picture of a male-female friendship, and just a little bit satisfying to ...more
Jaylaun G.S.
Didn't enjoy it all that much.
Joanna Giordano wants to play ice hockey, but the only team in town is the all boys middle school team. Everyone from the school principal, to the class bully and even her best friend try to get her to change her mind. But Joanna isn't going to quit and she's willing to fight for her right to play the game she loves.
I picked this one up because I liked the retro, badass cover, and because it was about a girl playing hockey. The cover is attractive, but as it becomes clear in the book, it is misleading. Joanna has to work hard to play the sport she loves, and she is not primping in any mirrors after a tough practice.
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