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2020 March & April Loan Stars Jr. Top Picks

Check, Please! Book 2: Sticks & Scones
By (author): Ngozi Ukazu Illustrated by: Ngozi Ukazu
Ngozi Ukazu ,

Illustrated by :

Ngozi Ukazu


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Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Young Adult : Age (years) 14 - 18
Apr 07, 2020
Print Run: 75000
$22.99 CAD


8.53in x 6.4 x 0.84 in | 690 gr

Page Count:

352 pages


full-color illustrations throughout
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YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Coming of Age
Eisner Award Winner 2021, Nominated

A collection of the second half of the mega-popular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: Sticks and Scones is the last in Ngozi Ukazu's hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

Eric Bittle is heading into his junior year at Samwell University, and not only does he have new teammates—he has a brand new boyfriend! Bitty and Jack must navigate their new, secret, long-distance relationship, and decide how to reveal their relationship to friends and teammates. And on top of that, Bitty's time at Samwell is quickly coming to an end...It's two full hockey seasons packed with big wins and high stakes!

Ngozi Ukazu is the creator of Check, Please!, a massively popular online graphic novel. She graduated from Yale University in 2013 and received a master's in sequential art in 2015 from the Savannah College of Art and Design. While she used her intensive knowledge of ice hockey to launch Check, Please! in 2013, Ngozi has a deep interest in sports that ranges from half-marathon training to basketball documentaries. Ngozi also cites '90s sitcoms as a major influence in the quirky, found-family feel of Check, Please!

- starred review from Booklist
- Kirkus review
- the sequel to Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey which sold nearly 1500 copies in Canada
- EW.com cover and excerpt reveal

"Ukazu excels at drawing action...ultimately, though, this is a love story, one with a romance characterized by sweetness and support. Fans new and old won't be ready for it to end."—Booklist, starred review

An upbeat story of love and acceptance." —Kirkus

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