11-year-old Sam Parker is a hockey player who gets more than he bargained for in his first year in which body checking is allowed. His parents are getting divorced. He takes a massive check from the school bully. No one seems to understand what he is going through, not even his best friend, Jill. Sam faces these challenges on and off the ice and learns how to get back up when life knocks you down. More
Eleven year old Sam Parker loves to play hockey. But this is the year that he will start body-checking. His natural fear of getting hit is temporarily overshadowed by finding out his parents are getting divorced.
Determined to keep them together by being a hockey superstar, Sam instead suffers a bone-crunching check from the school bully in his first game of the season. The resulting pain and fear brings out the worst in Sam as one difficulty after another piles on. Even his best friend, Jill, doesn't always seem to understand what he's going through.
When will his head stop hurting? Will he ever be able to play hockey again? How can he keep his parents together? Or can he? It will take everything Sam has to bounce back. Every one of his problems feel like ...the hardest hit.
"The Hardest Hit" is part of the Sam the Hockey Player series.