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3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  61 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Cindy Winters loves to play hockey. When her family's basement apartment is flooded and the floor freezes, she's even happy to skate on the concrete. Her parents are too poor to enroll her in a league, but she's resourceful and does odd jobs until she has earned enough money to play. Armed with her mother's old equipment, she is thrilled to join a team. But her happiness d ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Tundra Books
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Heather Pearson
Jul 20, 2011 Heather Pearson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian
This is the best hockey book I have ever read. It is the imaginative re-telling of the story of Cinderella.

All Cindy Winters wants to do is play ice hockey. She loves the game and plays when ever she gets the chance. Unfortunately her parents have very little money and can't afford to sign her up to play in an organized league. Cindy has to work hard and save till the day she has enough money. She doesn't mind that she has to wear her mothers old and very outdated equipment; she just wants to p
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Reviewed by Ken Kilback

Cindy loves playing hockey, but her family is very poor. Working hard at odd jobs, Cindy saves up enough money to join “a real league.” Her teammates, the Blister sisters, are jealous of Cindy’s talent and skills and they make her look bad on the ice. And their mom, Coach Blister, benches Cindy for good and assigns her to washing uniforms and taping sticks. Then one day tryouts are announced for an all-star hockey team, the players to be chosen by Head Coach Charmaine Prin
Jennifer Rayment
Sep 20, 2010 Jennifer Rayment rated it it was amazing
This book led to a great discussion between Jake and I over books that really aren't our thing. He took one look at the book and said -- Mom -- this book is for girls and I am NOT A GIRL. We talked about him reading it and rating it based on the merit of the book and not on the subject matter or who the book is directed towards. I told him to pretend he was his friend Brianna (that led to an entirely different discussion, which I will not print here) and to review it based on her perspective. An ...more
Jul 25, 2013 Caranna rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-the-kiddies
A modern twist on a classic. Splinters is a Cinderella story for a whole new crop on tom-boys.
All Cindy Winters wants to do is play hockey - and she does, whenever she gets the chance. But her family has very little money and can't afford to sign her up to play in an organized league.
Cindy works hard to earn the money herself, but even after she is on a team the evil coach and her nasty daughters, the Blister Sisters, keep Cindy on the bench and don't allow her to show her true talent.
It's no
Oct 13, 2010 Tobinsfavorite rated it it was ok
Recommended to Tobinsfavorite by: library shelf
I would like to love this book, but it is too awkward a version of the classic "Cinderella" even for me. I rooted for Cindy Winters; who wouldn't? I was very glad for her when she succeeded in getting on that all-star team over the nasty, selfish daughters of her nasty, evil coach. My favorite bit is the fairy goaltender who makes her magic by slashing Cindy with her hockey stick.

Actually, the more I write about this book, the more I feel warmly toward it, but it just didn't grab me while I was
Jul 10, 2015 Allyson rated it really liked it
Good story about overcoming adversity and handling bullying. I love that it was a girl playing hockey and the Cinderella aspect was cute too!
Jul 22, 2015 Joanne rated it it was amazing
Hockey themed Cinderella. Fun read aloud
Cinderella in hockey team setting.
Apr 30, 2013 Laura5 rated it really liked it
What I love about this book:
It's a story about a girl who loves to play hockey, but the fact that she is a girl playing hockey is not the "problem" of the story.

It's also a clever example of a fractured version of the Cinderella fairy tale.

Living in an area where lots of girls play hockey - this was a must purchase for my library.

Apr 07, 2013 Colette rated it really liked it
Shelves: blue-spruce-2013
Good book, Cinderella from a Canadian slant.
Cindy Winters loves hockey. Her teammates the Blister Sisters and Coach Blister keep her busy on the bench and she doesn't get to play. Her fairy goaltender helps her try out for Coach Prince's team.
Great selection for all ages of the Blue Spruce audience
Oct 07, 2013 Scott rated it it was amazing
I normally don't review the children's books my daughter reads, but this deserves to be an exception. It includes athletic girls, hockey and a fairy goaltender. What more could anyone ask for?
Thanks to Eric Perkins and family for sending.
Oct 20, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it

I loved this book! If only it had been around when I was a girl. My parents might have let me play hockey.
Nov 01, 2010 dennis rated it it was amazing
excellent retelling of cinderella, a must for anyone with a little girl who's into hockey!
May 12, 2013 Kkakaliouras rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I know a lot of little girls that play hockey. They will enjoy this story for sure!
Sep 16, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
a great hockey story! great for little female hockey fans!!!
Cathy Macdonald
Jan 11, 2013 Cathy Macdonald rated it it was amazing
An engaging story which offers a great opportunity for book study.
Feb 03, 2011 Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A tomboy's Cinderella - I love it!
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