Based on extensive interviews, My Left Skate: The Extraordinary Story of Eliezer Sherbatov is a first-person biography of a teenager who had it all on the hockey rink: guts, drive, and exceptional talent. When a freak accident leaves him with a permanent disability and no feeling below his left knee, everyone believes Eliezers career is over everyone except his mother, a professional power skating coach. She teaches Eliezer to skate using the muscles in his upper leg, and after two and a half years of operations and rehabilitation, he returns to the rink to become one of Quebecs elite junior players. Still undrafted at age nineteen, Eliezer embarks on a professional career in Europe in the hopes of one day returning to the NHL. His travels lead him to France, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, and to Poland, where he lives and plays hockey just a few kilometres from the Auschwitz death camp, haunted by memories of the past. In its stunning conclusion, My Left Skate describes Eliezers life in Ukraine and his struggle to escape from war after Russia invades the very region in which he plays.
About the author
Anna Rosner is a Toronto teacher and author who has published short-story fiction, numerous scholarly articles and the childrens biography Journeyman: The Story of NHL Right Winger Jamie Leach, which was selected as a Best Book by the Canadian Childrens Book Centre and was a finalist for the High Plains Book Award. Dedicated to promoting her love for words, Anna has taught language and literacy to children and adult ages five to seventy-five. Anna is the director of Books with Wings, which provides new, quality picture books for Indigenous children who reside in isolated Canadian communities.