Eyes on the Ice



EYES ON THE ICE: COMING IN SEPTEMBER 2024 from GROUNDWOOD BOOKS

“A WELL-WRITTEN AND ENGAGING HOCKEY NOVEL… ROSNER’S HOCKEY OVERLAY WILL APPPEAL TO RELUCTANT READERS AND HER COLD WAR INTRIGUE MAY HOOK THEM INTO BRANCHING OUT.” – MARSHA SKRYPUCH, author of WINTERKILL.

“A FRESH, NEW PERSPECTIVE TO THE INTRODUCTION OF HOCKEY TO A PAIR OF YOUNG BROTHERS. …ROSNER CLEVERLY WEAVES IN A STORY OF HOW THEY FACE A DIFFICULT DECISION EARLY ON IN THEIR CAREERS AND HOW THEIR INFINITE LOVE FOR A FAMILY MEMBER CEMENTS THEIR CHOICE.” – SAM LASKARIS – TORONTO SPORTS WRITER

Ten-year-old Lukas and his brother Denys want nothing more than to play hockey, but it’s 1963, and they live in Czechoslovakia, where the secret police (the “Eye”) are constantly on the lookout for anyone committing crimes against the state — whether that be reading a magazine about the NHL or saying anything negative about the Communist regime. Lukas’s father works for a newspaper, and printing the truth is a dangerous activity.

The family is poor, but hockey is the one bright light for the boys. They learn to skate on a bumpy outdoor rink in a city park. And when their talent is noticed, they are encouraged to try out for a local youth league, where they are thrilled to play in a real arena for the first time.

Then the boys’ father is arrested. No one knows where he has been taken or when he might be coming home. Lukas and Denys soon realize they are being watched, too, and when the secret police promise them information about their father if they help throw a game against a visiting Soviet team, Lukas must make some difficult decisions that may endanger his family and his friends, as he faces some tough questions about what loyalty really means.