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Ngozi Ukazu

Book - 2018

"Eric Bittle may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It is nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There's checking (anything that hinders the player with possession of the puck, ranging from a stick check all the way to a physical sweep). And then, there is Jack-- his very attractive but moody captain"--Provided by publisher.

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GRAPHIC NOVEL/Ukazu/Check v. 1
vol. 1: 1 / 1 copies available
vol. 2: 1 / 1 copies available
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2nd Floor Comics GRAPHIC NOVEL/Ukazu/Check v. 1 v. 1 Checked In
2nd Floor Comics GRAPHIC NOVEL/Ukazu/Check v. 2 v. 2 Checked In
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels
New York : First Second 2018-
Main Author
Ngozi Ukazu (artist)
First edition
Item Description
Cataloging based on volume 1.
Physical Description
volumes : chiefly color illustrations : 22 cm
  • v. 1. #Hockey
  • v. 2. Sticks & scones
Review by Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Freshman year of college can be a rocky transition for anyone, but wide-eyed, irrepressible Eric Bittle is here to make the best of it. Bitty's a vlogging, pie-baking, pop-music-loving, figure-skating boy from Georgia, who's come to Samwell University in Massachusetts on a hockey scholarship. At first, it's a whole new world that Bitty isn't too sure about. He doesn't connect with the team right away (I guess it just takes time to click with people after they do unspeakable things to your pies), the game is a lot more intense than he's used to (they didn't have checking back home, and Bitty does not respond well to being body slammed), and the team captain, Jack, may be gorgeous and from hockey royalty, but he's really intense. Through his first two years at Samwell, Bitty vlogs about his ups and downs as he gains confidence in his team and himself. Ukazu, who began Bitty's story as an uberpopular webcomic, folds in plenty of hockey terms and highlights team camaraderie while skillfully dismantling themes of toxic masculinity. The bright, energetic illustrations are as buoyant as their hero, and the hockey scenes often close-up shots of elbows, skates, and pucks are especially frenetic. A slow-burn, same-sex romance is just the icing on the cake (sorry pie) in this irresistibly fun and utterly charming sports story. Volume two can't come fast enough.--Maggie Reagan Copyright 2018 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Eric Bittle loves three things: skating, baking pies, and vlogging. Somehow, that combination has landed him a scholarship at Massachusetts' Samwell University, where he joins the ice hockey team. Idiosyncratic teammates provide a surprising kinship network for Bittle as he moves away from his home state of Georgia, acclimates to college life, and comes out. But while his fellow players take to his pies and tolerate his resistance to being hit on the ice, they reach their threshold with Bittle's singing throughout all hours of the day and night. This series opener collects the drama, mishaps, successes, and romance of Bittle's first two years at college from Ukazu's webcomic of the same name. The art relies on thick linework and facial shots to tell the story, playing to Ukazu's knack for pithy, personality-showing dialogue. Ukazu blends a series of tropes (coming-of-age, coming out, an outsider finding acceptance) into one coherent, amusing tale. Ages 14-up. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-Originally created as a webcomic, this tale follows junior champion figure skater and small-town Georgia boy Eric "Bitty" Bittle as he begins freshman year on the Samwell University varsity hockey team. An avid video blogger, recipe fanatic, and pie baker extraordinaire, Bitty is bewildered by his new world of bros, kegsters, and aggressive "checking"-roughness that wasn't allowed in his coed hockey league back home. In addition, he is still unsure how to tell his tough guy team members that he's gay. However, despite some disheartening setbacks, eternal optimist Bitty is determined to overcome his checking anxiety, work his heart out, and win over the guys-and his handsome team captain-even if it means bribing everyone with homemade pecan pie. Although this appears to be a simple sports comic at first glance, it is far more complex. Through a combination of hilarious team banter, foodie humor, and a lovable main character, Ukazu has crafted a compelling story about acceptance, identity, and confidence. She expertly uses bold colors and exaggerated facial expressions, such as Bitty's large eyes, to convey emotion. -VERDICT Although casual profanity, a few crass jokes, and some alcohol use make this a comic best suited for mature teens, this endearing volume is a must-have for YA graphic novel collections. Sure to resonate with hockey fans and sports newbies alike.-Lara -Goldstein, Orange County Public Libraries, NC © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Horn Book Review

The product of a webcomic Kickstarter campaign, this sweet (and swear-filled) graphic novel introduces pie-baking former figure skater Eric Bittle and his bro-filled college hockey team, including handsome, tormented captain Jack. "Bitty" and Jack's tender romance unfolds alongside college shenanigans, vlog asides, and hockey triumphs, all charmingly illustrated in neat panels. Even as the book mines personal dramas, readers never question the characters' essential goodwill. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

A pie-baking hockey player from small-town Georgia begins college and settles into jock culture.Eric "Bitty" Bittle's dreams are coming true: He is starting college on the hockey team at Samwell University in Massachusetts. Bitty played hockey and figure skated competitively; unfortunately, the coed team back home did not allow "checking," or physical contact, and Bitty's fear of being hit becomes a real impediment in college hockey. Bitty's team captain, Jack Zimmerman, "the hockey prince," is determined to break Bitty of his fear of being checked. Despite Jack's mercurial nature, Bitty develops a serious crush on the attractive athlete. As the practices and games develop, Bitty forms bonds with the other players and, after coming out, settles into college life. When sophomore year rolls around, Bitty has to face that two of his closest teammates are seniors and will be leaving soon. Based on a popular webcomic, this is a warm story with an irresistible protagonist, a clever supporting cast, and lively and plentiful game and practice scenes. There are many themes here: acceptance, standing up to fear, and finding your place, to name a few. Despite its episodic style, the humor and heart at the center of the story carry it through. The art relies on expressive facial shots to complement the snappy and sometimes-raunchy dialogue. Bitty is white, and there is some diversity in secondary characters.A fun and deeply satisfying read for teens. (Graphic novel. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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