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September 2, 2014

THE HOCKEY SAINT by Howard Shapiro



Forever Friends Trilogy
Book Two
Howard Shapiro
 Marica Inoue, Illustrator
Andres Mossa (Color), Illustrator
 Product Details

Howard Shapiro HOWARD SHAPIRO lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and two sons. The Controller for the Pittsburgh-based Visual Effects firm, Animal Inc., he has also written four children's books and The Stereotypical Freaks will be his debut Graphic Novel. His 2008 book, Hockey Player for Life, has been the #1 downloaded children's hockey e-book on Amazon's Kindle chart since its arrival as an e-book in November of 2011. His, Hockey Days book was the only book featured in the December 2007 Sporting News Annual Gift Guide as a Best Buy Gift for Children. Through a corporate sponsorship program he set up (and maintains), since the 2010-11 season, both of his children's hockey books have been given to NHL teams (over 2,500 copies to date) for use in their community and educational initiatives. Since 2006 his annual charity raffle, which he matches dollar for dollar donated, has raised funds for several hockey-related charities including the Mario Lemieux Foundation, Hockey Fights Cancer and the Keith and Lisa Primeau Scholarship Fund.

SUMMARY(from Amazon)
 Twenty-one year old Jeremiah Jacobson is the world's best hockey player, but he wasn't prepared for the frenzy and scrutiny that came with that title. Tom Leonard is an average college sophomore... just a guy trying to find his place in the world as he sorts through issues that are both very real and seemingly insurmountable. Through a chance meeting, these two strike up an unlikely friendship. Their bond is tested when Tom discovers that his idol isn't as perfect up close as he seems from afar. With Jeremiah living a little too much in the moment and with his past catching up to him, will Tom be able to help him before it's too late? "The Hockey Saint" is the sequel to the critically acclaimed and award winning graphic novel, "The Stereotypical Freaks" and is Volume 2 in the "Forever Friends" Trilogy
  • Perfect Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Animal Media Group (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991255011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991255016
 This is one of the few graphic novels I've read and reviewed. I believe the art added so much to the book. I believe the book is for the younger reader where the artwork would be probably add to the  the text. Young people that love sports will most likely love this book. The book wasn't really what I expected it to be, like a comic book.  I was extremely surprised and amazed to find that this was such an honest story of  a world class hockey player who butts heads with a college athlete in a chance meeting.We have college hockey player Tom and Hockey star Jake.  Tom begins to realize that there is more to famous athletes than just their stats and media image.  Jake has a lot of good qualities but is far from perfect.  The author puts in the downfalls that the athletes face, alcoholism, grief, media, fans which the author led the reader to open up and realize that being famous isn't all there is to it. The book is rather short but says so much.  The author gets the reader's emotions going.  The artwork fit right in with the story. The characters were well developed.  The book was short but said so much in that amount of space.  I would recommend this book to anyone, even adults, who are interested in all sports and the trials that go along with being an athlete.
I received a complimentary copy of THE HOCKEY SAINT from the author, Howard Shapiro for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book  4   STARS.

 Hockey Player for Life by Howard Shapiro     Hanukkah Counts Too! by Howard Shapiro   Hockey Days   The Stereotypical Freaks by Howard Shapiro

 Buy through Animal Media Group


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