Breaking the Ice [hc]
The True Story of the First Woman to Play in the National Hockey League
Written by Angie Bullaro & illustrated by C.F. Payne
Manon Rhéaume had always dreamed of playing hockey. So, when the team her father coached needed a goalie, she begged for the chance to play. She didn’t care that she’d be the only girl in the entire league or that hockey was considered a “boys’ sport” in her hometown of Lac-Beauport, Quebec, Canada. All she cared about was the game. After her father gave her that first chance to play, she embarked on a spectacular, groundbreaking career in hockey.
At every level of competition, Manon was faced with naysayers, but she continued to play, earning her place on prestigious teams and ultimately becoming the first woman to play a game in the NHL. Including an afterword written by Manon herself, Breaking the Ice is the true story of one girl’s courage, determination, and love for the sport. 40 pages
"This straightforward, inspirational biography emphasizes Rhéaume's grit... and the sexism she faced... Payne's intensely detailed illustrations realistically capture the dull sheen of goalie pads and the thwack of slap shots as Rhéaume plays her way to the pros. Includes an afterword by Rhéaume, a timeline, and 'fun facts.'" -Publishers Weekly (Ages 4-8)
October 20, 2020