I didn’t expect to, but I loved the book. I think you will too.
Honestly, I wondered if a book about 13-year-olds skating and playing hockey would hold my interest. After all, I’m a grown woman—and definitely not a sports fan. But Crossovers was a great story that went way beyond sports. And the themes and issues were a lot more important than the typical washed up coach helps the underdog team overcome all odds and go on to win the championship heartwarming story that I’m a little tired of. Oh, it was about sports, but done in a fresh way. Ms. Hardy adds just the right amount of skating terminology and facts to be interesting and believable.
But beyond that, her character faces issues that are much more important, in my estimation, than worrying about winning the next competition. Ben struggles to understand gender expectations, to appreciate those who are different, to be a loyal friend even if he risks being stuck with the “loser” label. I really appreciated the deft way Ms. Hardy weaves in Christian values is such a natural way—something I strive to do myself. So even though the characters were thirteen-year-olds, I was drawn into their world and enjoyed getting to meet them. So I would recommend this book to anyone twelve and up.
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