By Natalie Corbett Sampson
Today, young women who want to play hockey have countless role models. They can look to the many stars of Team Canada and their frequent international wins. In the 1970s, it wasn’t like that: there were few women’s hockey teams and the women who did play toiled in obscurity, with no Olympic team or media attention to inspire them. And it took a lot of brave young women to change things. Inspired by a true story, Natalie Corbett Sampson takes readers to 1977, where a 10-year-old battles for her right to play Canada’s game, despite cruel opposition from adults and kids alike. Emotional and tense, this is a classic underdog story for any sports fan, but especially empowering to young women, whether they’re aspiring athletes or not.