Josh is off to a hockey summer camp, where he rooms with Peter Kuiksak, a talented player from the North West Territories. When Josh learns that some of the guys are planning to pull a dangerous prank on Peter, he knows he must do the right thing. This is a book about bullying.



Nominated for Golden Eagle Award
Canadian Children’s Center Our Choice Selection



  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Lorimer (October 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155028858X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550288582


Winner Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Selection 2005
Nominated Alberta Golden Eagle Book Award 2006

School Library Journal

“Readers of sports fiction, especially hockey fans, will love Roughing. The dialogue is brisk and… the book fills a niche for libraries looking for offerings combining sports and an issue with which kids deal.”

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“Readers who enjoy hockey will appreciate the vocabulary, the environment and general feel of the game that Nicholson brings.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“…has created a sympathetic character in Josh, with whom children dealing with illness in their personal lives may identify…The novel sends positive messages about living with an illness and standing up for what’s right.”

Larry Lund, Former Owner of Okanagan Hockey Schools

“For those reading Ms. Nicholson for the first time may be surprised at how good she is. A first round pick!”


“This is an old fashioned sports story that delivers the basic message that fair play prevails over bullying. Josh’s diabetes adds another dimension to the conventional goings-on, however, and the detailed and accurate accounts of the rigorous practice sessions should win over many young fans of the sport.”