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Taking the Ice

  • ISBN 9781443182393, Paperback
  • 272 Pages | Ages 9 to 12
Can Aiden learn to stand his ground on his new home ice?

Meet Aiden Mallory. He’s trying to find his bearings while coping with the loss of his father — an NHL player who died in a car accident — and moving back to his dad’s hometown of Prairie Field, where he is STILL a big deal.

Aiden loves hockey, but his feelings about moving and his dad’s death cause him to struggle at tryouts. Then the minor hockey association announces a brand-new U13 tournament: the Luke Mallory Memorial. As Aiden tries to find his place on his new team, and among his new teammates, he will do anything he can to live up to his dad’s legacy. But what happens when Aiden’s determination to play well puts everything else at risk?

From Lorna Schultz Nicholson comes a powerful portrayal of a boy’s experiences with anxiety as it relates to sports and friendship and grief.

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Selling Points

• A powerful portrayal of a boy experiencing anxiety as it relates to grief, sports and friendship
• Touches on familiar themes of school, community, family and friends as well deeper ones like toxicity in sports, dealing with loss, and taking responsibility.
• Author is a favourite with young readers, parents and educators alike.


  • Winner, Diamond Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2024
  • Short-listed, Sundogs, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2023
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2022