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The Kid: A Season with Sidney Crosby and the New NHL Paperback – March 10, 2008

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“…a riveting documentary of a player who transcends his sport.”
Montreal Gazette

“ an excellent inside look at Cole Harbour’s hockey sensation during his first year ....”
The Chronicle Herald

"His first NHL season, her first book: Sidney Crosby and Shawna Richer both had splendid years. The Globe and Mail writer captures Crosby's rookie year in Pittsburgh, dripping with narrative and nuance, with the practiced eye of a seasoned foreign correspondent."
— Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated

"Sidney Crosby was never going to be just another hockey player, and The Rookie isn't just another hockey book. Thanks to Shawna Richer's terrific eyes and ears — as well as her deft touch around a keyboard — we're treated to an insider's view not only of one of the game's future stars, but of the game itself. And from here, both look pretty damn good."
— Chris Jones, Esquire Magazine

“The most interesting assignment of the year in sports journalism — wall-to-wall coverage of Penguins rookie phenom Sidney Crosby.”
Sports Illustrated

“If we really wanted to penetrate the life and times of a great player, and through him understand hockey . . . we had to be there for all those serendipitous moments of meaning.”
— Edward Greenspon, Globe and Mail

"Leave it to two Atlantic Canadians to be the stars of a book: Sidney Crosby the athlete, Shawna Richer the gifted writer.  To paraphrase Roy MacGregor's words in the forward which rung true throughout: Shawna has an ability to draw an athlete out to reveal inner thoughts.  Something the rest of us can only envy.  A wonderful documentation of what happened on the ice and what went on the head of this dedicated player at the rink and away from it." 
—Mike Emrick, NHL on NBC


From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

"[Richer] captures Crosby's rookie year in Pittsburgh, dripping with narrative and nuance, with the practiced eye of a seasoned foreign correspondent." -MICHAEL FARBER, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED "A wonderful documentation of what happened on the ice and what went on in the head of this dedicated player at the rink and away from it." -MIKE EMRICK, NHL ON NBC

"A compelling story." -MACLEAN'S

"An insider's view not only of one of the game's future stars, but of the game itself." -CHRIS JONES, ESQUIRE

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (March 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600781233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600781230
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,780,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even with all the supposed access, the author never seems to have gotten close enough to either Crosby or his camp to give any real insight. Plus, she's just a dull and unimaginative writer. You get all the facts and basics, but nothing more. This book is basically just a long, run-of-the-mill PR piece for Crosby and the Penguins. As far as the broader impact his arrival has had on the "new" NHL, the book pays lip service to the idea but never fully explores it. Could have used a better editor and maybe needed more time and perspective to fully flesh out the book's central thesis.
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Obtained and read The Kid over Christmas break. While I can do without the "Hockey is Canada; Canada is hockey" elements of the book, it was a fast and fun read. I came away from the book with both a better sense of who Sidney Crosby is as a person and a sadness at the witness the book plays to age catching up with the magnificent Mario Lemieux.

This book would make a good gift for a fan of the Penguins, or hockey in general.
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Got this for my daughter for a school project that she was doing on Sidney Crosby. Being a fan myself, I read this book as well. Had alot of great info that any Crosby fan should enjoy.
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Absorbing, fascinating story. I enjoyed every moment of the story - found out a lot more behind the external face of the man. Well written and hard to put down.
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Extremely bland look at life inside the NHL. Great concept to follow Sidney Crosby during his rookie season and the "new" NHL but it falls so flat, it's kind of shocking. This is nothing like Roy MacGregor's Road Games (on the early Ottawa Sens and the NHL at that time) or, say, Dave Rosenbaum's Miami Ice (on the '93 Florida Panthers' run to the Stanley Cup Final). It's also nothing like killer biographies such as Ted Mahovlich's on his dad, Frank, and on Marcel Dionne, or Tom Adrahtas's one on Glenn Hall.

OK, I'm comparing Richer's book to the best of the best and that may be a tad unfair but even so, it just reads like a day-by-day journal but where's the passion, feeling, opinion, depth to any of this? There's also little well-thought-out analysis of the season and Crosby's impact on it. For example, the incident with Derian Hatcher high stick attacks on Crosby should have given us more info on Hatcher himself (i.e., his career, what type of record he had for incidents like this, how he was a slow but effective NHL defenseman pre-2005, etc.). I just felt like I was reading a typical boring daily newspaper article throughout. Also, why not give us more on Mario Lemiuex, Mark Recchi, John LeClair and Marc-Andre Fleury? I wanted to know the cast of characters Crosby played with and what made them tick.

Honestly, the Peter Mansbridge (for our American readers, he's the anchor of "The National" nightly news broadcast) one-on-one interview on CBC with Sidney Crosby gave me more of a feeling for the guy than this entire book.

In better hands, this might have been one of the all-time great books on hockey. Or maybe Crosby just is not all that fascinating a personality. Lastly, I hate to tell you, Shawna, the beestung lips and all, but after polling a few women, Sidney is not even in Pavel Bure or Kirk Mclean's league according to them. That was a stretch, methinks, and seemed just thrown in there to "sell" the book.
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