Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Story Behind... Peer Pressure children's book, Hockey Agony

The behind the scenes glimpse continues with Hockey Agony...

Throughout the years of watching my nieces, nephews and my own children compete in one sport or another it became concerning how some coaches, teammates and parents thought the almighty win was the most important outcome to a game. Sometimes even encouraging the children to cheat or inflict bodily harm to an opponent to win. In today’s day and age it’s more important than ever to teach our children that “honesty is the best policy” and good sportsmanship is imperative. It may sound like a cliché to some, but without honesty and staying to true one’s self we would all self destruct.
I used the backdrop of hockey since several of my nephews and a niece are avid hockey players and I wanted to pay tribute to them since I chose different names for the characters. 
For Hockey Agony, even though the story honesty and peer pressure is based around the sport hockey, it’s important to overcome peer pressure in any circumstance that presents itself.
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  1. I enjoyed reading about the hockey, however my youngest son was soccer crazy and went on to become a professional player......until two broken jaws and one smashed ankle put paid to his career.
    Have a lovely day.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the creation story of Hockey Agony. Yikes that's scary about your son! My daughter was an avid basketball player and dreamed of playing in college, unfortunately concussions have put a stop to her playing.


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