Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award nominee, 2006Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007Snow Willow Award nominee 2006Forever - we've been doing it absolutely forever!"Bump has been longing
Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award nominee, 2006
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007
Snow Willow Award nominee 2006
Forever - we've been doing it absolutely forever!"
Bump has been longing to play in the annual Christmas Classic - his family's annual hockey game - for what feels like forever. A tradition begun many years ago by Bump's Grampa and the uncles, the Christmas Classic is the family's annual hockey game played by everyone in the family. Everyone but Bump that is. Even his sister Poodle takes part. When Gramma measures him against the kitchen doorframe, Bump doesn't quite meet the height requirements.
Then comes that magical year, when Grampa announces, "Tomorrow, the Christmas Classic welcomes a new player." Bump knows his time has come. Bump prays that he won't make a fool of himself, that he will play as well as he always has in his dreams. Maybe he will even be named the Most Valuable Player and have his name engraved on the Christmas Classic trophy.
When the game is finally played, Grampa and Bump combine for the final goal in a moment that Bump will remember forever.
But that's not the end of Bump's story. What follows elevates Bump's story to the realm of myth and legend, the cementing of a tradition that will warm the hearts of countless readers and live on forever.
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"Forever is not only about hockey, but about time, family, and love. And when read aloud (in segments) to a holiday gathering sufficiently lubricated with hot chocolate or beer, it will surely succeed in restoring some of that long-lost Christmas glow."
— Quill & Quire
"A touching coming-of-age tale that will get even the toughest hockey fan teary-eyed."
"In a simple story, in his always deeply personal way, the author uses his remarkable ability to make us understand, evoking as he does, every hockey lover's touchstone."
— Ken Dryden
"It is a story of Christmas traditions which many readers, young and old, will relate to. Brian Deines' giant illustrations are a wonderful compliment to the text and portray the essence of the Canadian winter and the national winter sport of amateurs and professionals alike.
"This is not just a story book for young readers. This is a book for all ages to share over and over again during the Christmas season. It deserves to be in every school and public library and will make a wonderful Christmas gift for many ages."
— Resource Links
"Forever tugs on readers' emotions in much the same way the Robert Munsch classic Love You Forever does, except it's fleshed out with that most Canadian heartbeat, hockey. It's about as poignant as a hockey book can be. Goal!."
— Hamilton Spectator
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Roy MacGregor was born in the small village of Whitney, Ontario, and was raised in the town of Huntsville, both on the boundaries of Ontario's Algonquin Park. Prior to joining The Globe and Mail in 2002, MacGregor worked for the National Post (1998-2002) and the Ottawa Citizen (1986-1998). In more than 30 years of journalism, MacGregor has won most of the writing awards available in that profession including the National Newspaper Award (1995).
Brian Deines is an artist and illustrator acclaimed for the warmth of his palette and his ability to breathe life into his images. He graduated from the Alberta College of Art. His illustrations bring to life the stories of several popular children's books including [Sky Sisters and Bear on the Train, published by Kids Can Press. Dragon Fly Kites (2002), written by Tomson Highway, was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and nominated for the Schwartz Children's Literature Award.