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Children's Fiction Hockey

Lightning Lou

by (author) Lori Weber

Cormorant Books
Initial publish date
May 2016
Hockey, Girls & Women, Post-Confederation (1867-)
Recommended Age
10 to 13
Recommended Grade
5 to 8
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2016
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2016
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When a team in an all-girls’ hockey league comes to recruit players, twelve-year-old Lou’s dreams seem to be coming true. But the dreams hinge on one thing: never letting on that Lou is a boy. But the road to stardom is not easy, as Lou discovers that the competition is fierce, and that he’s got a lot of work to do to match the skills of the league’s star player and his chief rival, Albertine Lapensée. All the while, he has to keep his secret, and wrestle with the moral dilemma of taking a place on the team away from a deserving girl.


Loosely based on a true story, Lightning Lou is a riveting and thought-provoking story for middle-grade readers.

About the author

Lori Weber is the author of eight young adult novels, including Yellow Mini, a novel in verse, and Deep Girls, a short—story collection; one historical middle grade novel, Lightning Lou; and one picture book, My Granny Loves Hockey. A native Montrealer, she lived for several years in Atlantic Canada; upon returning to Montreal, she began teaching English at Vanier College in 1994 before moving to John Abbott College in 1996, a position she recently retired from. She has delivered workshops in writing for teens through the Quebec Writers' Federation. Lori currently lives in Dorval, Quebec, where she hopes to do more writing, taking inspiration from the beautiful Lac Saint Louis at her doorstep.

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  • Short-listed, QWF Literary Awards

Editorial Reviews

Lightning Lou is fast-paced, suspenseful, appealing to both boys and girls, and quietly educative about the controversies surrounding World War I and the oppression of women a hundred years ago.” Recommended

CM Magazine

“Featuring strong characters and a nuanced exploration of the many layers of this historical period, Weber pulls everything together in a striking read that is sure to become a Canadian classic.”

National Reading Campaign

“Based on the true story of Ada Lalonde, a 17-year-old who tried to do what Lou succeeded in doing, this novel will fascinate avid hockey fans, kids interested in a good adventure story, and those with a sense of humour.”

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“An entertaining story.”

Montreal Gazette

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