Fresh off the plane from Vancouver, sixteen-year-old hockey player Aaron Wong is excited to be starting his first year at Podium. Aaron has to make friends and fit into a new high school, while adjusting to a new home and a family. Things seem to be going well for the rookie, but the hockey team captain has it in for him. Aaron’s world is turned upside down when the captain makes him the target of a brutal hazing at the team’s first party. To turn his year around, Aaron has to overcome his embarrassment and confide in friends and coaching staff.



Best Book for Kids and Teens



  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: James Lorimer and Company
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9781459400245

Canadian Children’s Book Centre – 2012

Commended – Best Books for Kids & Teens

Hockey Blog in Canada

“Rookie is an excellent book that I think all young adults should read when it comes to the topic of hazing…because she handles this topic so well, Lorna Schultz Nicholson deserves major accolades for this book.”

Sherry Faller CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“The series promises to be a hit with both boys and girls, sports-minded or not, and will fill a need for sports fiction at the middle and senior years” Highly Recommended.


“this short novel has plenty to say and says it in an involving way. The writing is accessible to high-school students reading below grade level.”

Joe Pelletier

“a perfect choice for the young reader in your life, especially if he or she is a reluctant reader”