Read an Excerpt of the All-New Hockey Novel: ‘Checked’

Ready for a heart-warming tale of sports, friendship, loneliness and family? Checked, by Cynthia Kadohata, is the perfect book for you. Here’s what to expect.

Hockey is Conor’s life. He’s a hockey beast. In fact, there are very few things Conor and his dad love more than the game. But one of those things is his dog, Sinbad.

When Sinbad is diagnosed with cancer, Conor chooses to put his hockey lessons and practices on hold so they can pay for Sinbad’s chemotherapy.

But without hockey to distract him, Conor begins to notice more. Like his dad’s crying bouts, and his friend’s difficult family life. And then Conor notices one more thing: Without hockey, the one thing that makes him feel special, is he really special at all?

Checked ($17) was written by Cynthia Kadohata, the author of the Newbery Medal–winning book Kira-Kira, the National Book Award winner The Thing About Luck, the Jane Addams Peace Award and Pen USA Award winner WeedflowerCracker!, Outside BeautyA Million Shades of GrayHalf a World Away.


Interested in Checked? Read an excerpt below:

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