In the days of Roch’s childhood, winters in the village of Ste. Justine were long. Life centered around school, church, and the hockey rink, and every boy’s hero was Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Maurice Richard. Everyone wore Richard’s number 9. They laced their skates like Richard. They even wore their hair like Richard. When Roch outgrows his cherished Canadiens sweater, his mother writes away for a new one. Much to Roch’s horror, he is sent the blue and white sweater of the rival Toronto Maple Leafs, dreaded and hated foes to his beloved team. How can Roch face the other kids at the rink?
The Hockey Sweater is a Canadian children’s classic, and we are very excited to be doing an anniversary edition. It will include lots of extras, including original material from the author and illustrator, stills from the animated film, letters and quotes from celebrities and more. The design will be updated and refreshed. This will be a wonderful collector’s edition for those who know the book, and a wonderful introduction to those who don’t.
Roch Carrier is Canada’s National Librarian and the beloved author of many Canadian classics for both adults and children. In 1968 he published his hugely successful novel, La Guerre, Yes Sir!. He has written many novels, short stories, plays, film… More about Roch Carrier
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PRAISE FOR The Hockey Sweater:
“Stephen Harper said the book ‘still touches the hearts of Canadian hockey fans, young and old.’ . . . Justin Trudeau, who would become Prime Minister, called it ‘an iconic depiction of a truly Canadian experience.’” —Roy Macgregor, Globe and Mail
“It’s a classic. . . . You can’t really be a Canadian and not read it. It’s become part of our cultural lexicon.” —Canadian Children’s Book News
“. . . not only sweet and funny, but a wise parable about Quebec and English Canada.” —Toronto Star
“. . . Roch Carrier’s timeless book about a boy’s catalogue snafu resonated across this hockey-mad country–because who didn’t understand the horror of receiving the enemy’s hockey sweater in the mail?” —Faceoff.com
“[A] true-life parable woven so deeply into the national fabric that it’s hard to conceive of a time when it wasn’t there.” –Toronto Sun