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118 Pages
Reviewed on 06/11/2013
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Author Biography

Dr. Kevin White (MD, PhD) is a long-time physician and university professor who, after winning numerous national and international awards for his teaching and research, including the prestigious Collip Medal, retired to follow his dream of being a best-selling author. Already the winner of three Reader’s Favorite Book Awards - one for non-fiction and the others for full-length novels (Inside a Hollow Tree; The River Riders), he has turned to primarily writing thought-provoking young adult novels. Common threads through all his novels are his easy-to-read style and deep understanding of the human condition, especially among those whom society considers ‘different’. His beautiful stories open minds and hearts.

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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

“Puck” by Kevin White is the beautiful, heart-warming and heart-wrenching story of Kathy and Jason and their autistic young son Luke. Ice hockey becomes the thread that connects Luke to the outside world. Luke’s story is told to us through the eyes and heart of his father. Luke at two years old was diagnosed as being an autistic child while at four he started therapy. Luke did not speak but had a fascination in catching flies in his little hands as they flew by. He could also build towers with tin cans and blocks. He watched TV but never showed any interest or understanding of what he was seeing unless it was a hockey game. Jason took Luke for a daily walk around the neighborhood and one day they stopped in at the local ice skating rink. Luke immediately became absorbed in watching the young boys playing hockey and when a puck came out of the rink and landed at his feet, it became his prized possession. When Luke surprised his parents, speaking his first word, it was 'puck'. Because of his strong interest in following the movement of the puck, they decided to teach him to skate and signed him up to play for a local home rink hockey league. This was the beginning of a new life for Luke and it changed his life forever.

“Puck” is a great story that Kevin White wrote with feeling, understanding and a lot of love. I felt all of the pain and joy along with Jason and Kathy. I cheered for Luke and became emotionally attached to him. The final chapters tore at my heart and made me proud too at the same time. I was really sad to leave my new friends behind when I got to the last page. Kevin White has written a winner that can easily hold its own as the top best seller for many weeks. It would make a fantastic movie as well. My hope is that there is a follow-up so that we can see where life takes Luke next. Kevin White is a five star writer who has left me wanting more.