Check, Please!: # Hockey

Category: Book
By (author): Ukazu, Ngozi
Series: Check, Please!
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / General
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Hockey
Audience: young adult
Publisher: First Second
Published: September 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 8.50in x 6.00in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

Eric Bittle may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It is nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There's checking. And then, there is Jack-his very attractive but moody captain.

A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

Review Quote*

"Ukazu, who began Bitty's story as an uberpopular webcomic, folds in plenty of hockey terms and highlights team camaraderie while skillfully dismantling themes of toxic masculinity…A slow-burn same-sex romance is just the icing on the cake (sorry-pie) in this irresistibly fun and utterly charming sports story. Volume two can't come fast enough" - Booklist, starred review

"The art relies on thick linework and facial shots to tell the story, playing to Ukazu's knack for pithy, personality-showing dialogue. Ukazu blends a series of tropes (coming-of-age, coming out, an outsider finding acceptance) into one coherent, amusing tale." - Publishers Weekly

Biographical NoteNgozi Ukazu is the creator of Check, Please!, a massively popular online graphic novel. She graduated from Yale University in 2013 and received a master's in sequential art in 2015 from the Savannah College of Art and Design. While she used her intensive knowledge of ice hockey to launch Check, Please! in 2013, Ngozi has a deep interest in sports that ranges from half-marathon training to basketball documentaries. Ngozi also cites '90s sitcoms as a major influence in the quirky, found-family feel of Check, Please!