Who knew hockey fans read? Not me. But here's proof.
Lo and behold, David Ward's HOCKEY TREE appeared on a blog for-- surprise!-- hockey books. Scholastic plans a late-09 or maybe late-10 sequel, believing the Winter 10 Olympics will spark even greater Canuck madness. (Naturally, we will have to request a television ad to exploit this bonanza.) Outside North America, however, I find little reader enthusiasm for the sport. Pat Hughes's e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y good teen novel OPEN ICE (a head injury threatens a a jock's identity - and his brain function) inspired no foreign interest, even though multiple U.S. houses bid for the manuscript.