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Happy Book Birthday to MICHIGAN!

Happy Book Birthday to Carrie S. Allen‘s fabulous debut YA novel, MICHIGAN VS. THE BOYS!

When a determined girl is confronted with the culture of toxic masculinity, it’s time to even the score.

Michigan Manning lives for hockey, and this is her year to shine. That is, until she gets some crushing news: budget cuts will keep the girls’ hockey team off the ice this year.

If she wants colleges to notice her, Michigan has to find a way to play. Luckily, there’s still one team left in town …

The boys’ team isn’t exactly welcoming, but Michigan’s prepared to prove herself. She plays some of the best hockey of her life, in fact, all while putting up with changing in the broom closet, constant trash talk and “harmless” pranks that always seem to target her.

But once hazing crosses the line into assault, Michigan must weigh the consequences of speaking up — even if it means putting her future on the line.

For years, I’d been requesting female athlete stories in my query inbox. Carrie came to me with another hockey story first, and I fell in love with the way the action on the ice was of equal importance to the action off the rink, how the team relationships buoyed and supported her main character in all aspects of her life, not just hockey. MICHIGAN turned that relationship toxic, showing a different perspective on the sport, and I love it even more!

Pick up a copy today wherever books are sold for your teen athlete, teen reader, or anyone who loves YA and strong female protagonists. And smash the patriarchy with Michigan!