Category Archives: Sports

Novel print prices slashed

Pentucket Publishing has slashed print prices for all my novels. My romance novels, Body Check and No Defense, which are coincidentally my longest works, now list for $13.99. Offside, Cracking the Ice, and Bubba Goes for Broke come in at $12.99.

These price reductions were made possible by distribution changes, so the books may not be available at all brick-and-mortar stores, but they remain available from your favorite online distributor or directly from me.

I can provide personalized copies at the following reduced prices. For any combination of books, the cost is $13 for the first, $25 for any two, $36 for three, $46 for four, and $56 for five. That includes standard shipping within the continental United States, autographed and personalized per your request.

Pay by Paypal or check. Send Paypal payment to my hewriter@uscho.com account; mail checks to PO Box 482, Andover, MA 01810-0009.

 

A wonderful day at Lynn English High School

Oh… my… God. What a response at Lynn English High! The school adopted my novel Offside for its summer reading and on Friday, September 30, I spoke at two assemblies (one for Freshmen/Sophomores, the other for Juniors/Seniors). Those kids loved the novel and they loved me coming there to speak to them.

It took my breath away. The applause was thunderous, especially with the juniors and seniors, and went on and on and on, with one group chanting, “Offside! Offside! Offside!

After the talk, I signed copy after copy after copy of the novel, with the students telling me how much they loved it, and for those students who didn’t have their books with them, I signed agenda books, post-it notes that the students were going to put in their books, and–no exaggeration– about a dozen bare arms and a couple backpacks.

This was Writers’ Heaven. There can be no drug possible to induce a high like the one those students made me feel. Just unbelievable. Thanks to everyone at LEHS for making the day possible.

[I’ll upload a couple photos as soon as I get past some formatting issues.]

Recommended for high school students

For Lynn English High School students who have read and enjoyed Offside this summer—and really for all potential readers—let me suggest that you also try Cracking the Ice, my other Young Adult novel. It’s also set in the late sixties with some of the action taking place in Lynn, Massachusetts.

Cracking the Ice is Jessie Stackhouse’s story, taking place a year after Offside. He leaves home to attend an elite, formerly all-white prep school so he can chase his dream of becoming the second black professional hockey player. He soon finds, however, that the coach doesn’t want him there and neither do most of his teammates. They’ll go to almost any extreme to make him leave. Jessie must overcome not only the team in the other locker room, but the even more dangerous one in his own.

I think you’ll like it. Order it for your e-book reader or email me (dave.hendrickson@gmail.com) for a special price on the paper version.

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“I started Cracking the Ice and could not put it down. Jessie Stackhouse’s generosity, hope and intelligence touched my heart…I kept reading until the last page!” –Joyce Carol Thomas, National Book Award winner

Lynn English High adopts Offside for summer reading

Lynn English High School (Lynn, Massachusetts) has adopted my novel Offside for its entire student body and staff to read this summer. Needless to say, I’m thrilled. It’s especially gratifying because it all started with positive word of mouth.

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It certainly didn’t hurt that I’m an alum and most of the book takes place in Lynn and in the hallways of that school, but ultimately the book’s qualities, applicable anywhere, made it the ideal choice.

“This coming-of-age tale of a young country boy from Maine who must adapt to a new life in the city is a perfect choice for the students of Lynn English High School,” said Anastasia Mower, the chair of the English Language Arts department. “It was a perfect match for high school students of all reading abilities. The quick pace of the story keeps the reader springing after “Rabbit” Labelle as he encounters all kinds of people in his new environment. Especially meaningful to us as a school are the book’s themes of bullying, alienation, friendship, and family, as these will offer much to talk about in discussion groups in the fall. We are excited for our students to connect with “Rabbit” and to join him as he learns about compassion and friendship in his new surroundings.”

A favorite photo

Here’s a photo of my awesome new friend, Tyler, holding copies of Cracking the Ice and Offside.  Tyler, hope you like both of them!

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Pentucket Publishing releases Offside for e-books

Pentucket Publishing has released my latest novel, Offside, in all electronic formats. The paper version will become available in early January.

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Officially, it’s a Young Adult title because its hero is a teenager and the content is age-appropriate for readers 13 and up. Offside will also span both the Young Adult Sports and Young Adult Historical categories. Even so, I expect that, as was the case with Cracking the Ice, most of its readers will be adults and they’ll love it. Offside is truly a story for all ages.

Those who like football (and fans of the 1967 Boston Red Sox) will find extra things to appreciate, as will those who remain fascinated by the sixties and all the conflicts that existed in that era. But I’ve also had first readers who aren’t sports fans (and a couple who aren’t American so they aren’t into the historical angle), and they still loved the story.

It’s all about the story.

Here’s the description along with the links:

“Rabbit” Labelle loves football, but the tiny, rural Maine town where he lives isn’t big enough to support a team. After his father moves the family to the big, bad city, Rabbit finally gets his chance to play the sport he loves the most, but he must also confront the dangers of “Lynn, Lynn, City of Sin.” Since it’s 1967 and cities are torn by racial turmoil, this includes his father’s greatest fear: “the Negroes.”

Rabbit, who’d been the most popular kid in Plainfield, Maine, struggles to make friends and wonders if he’ll even survive. Only football can save him.

Find Offside here: KindleNookKobo, and Smashwords. $5.99

Price drop

Pentucket Publishing has dropped the price of the electronic editions of Cracking the Ice and my sex comedy Bubba Goes for Broke (written under the pen name David Bawdy). If you haven’t read them yet, now’s the time.

Jenny Dell’s dilemma at NESN matches Body Check

If you follow Boston-area sports, you’ve no doubt heard that Jenny Dell has been taken off Red Sox broadcasts due to her relationship with the team’s third baseman, Will Middlebrooks. If you’ve haven’t, here’s the rundown.

Dell’s situation is exactly the quandary Olivia Turnbull finds herself in my novel Body Check, released by Pentucket Publishing in electronic formats a month and a half ago. A trade paperback is forthcoming.

Cracking the Ice now available in electronic formats

Pentucket Publishing has released my novel Cracking the Ice, which was released in hardcover by WestSide Books two years ago.

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In 1968, at the height of the Civil Rights struggle, Jessie Stackhouse leaves home to break the color line at an elite, all-white prep school. He arrives filled with dreams of winning championships and eventually playing in the NHL, but soon finds that the coach doesn’t want him there and neither do most of his teammates. They’ll go to almost any extreme to make him leave. Jessie must overcome not only the team in the other locker room, but the even more dangerous one in his own.

“Hendrickson’s debut novel paints a gripping account of a courageous young man rising above evil.” — Booklist

“A worthy, if heartwrenching read…. The best of humanity is explored — and some of the worst, exposed. It is very readable, written with a clear and powerful voice, and is engaging from beginning to end.” — Long and Short Reviews (four stars)

“One of the most interesting books I’ve read this year, a one-of-a-kind book.” — Reading in Color

“Cracking the Ice scores the literary equivalent of a hat-trick: funny, harrowing and finally, heartfelt. This book is a winner.” –Greg Neri, author of Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty, a 2011 Coretta Scott King Honor book

“I started reading Cracking the Ice and could not put it down. Jessie Stackhouse’s generosity, hope, and intelligence touched my heart…. Usually I go to bed early; however, I kept reading Cracking the Ice until I turned to the last page.” –Joyce Carol Thomas, National Book Award and American Book Award winner.

“A compelling, civil rights tale of a young man’s coming of age on the ice. Hendrickson personalizes history with unforgettable characters.” –Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of Ninth Ward, a 2011 Coretta Scott King Honor book

“The riveting plot and realistic characters powerfully expose the racial stereotypes, racism and violence that plagued African-American students recruited to elite prep schools in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Hendrickson shows the turmoil of these critical years through the eyes of his story’s heroes, villains and victims, marvelously and realistically portraying one of the most critical moments in school integration and civil rights.” — Lillie Johnson Edwards, Ph.D., Professor of History and African-American Studies at Drew University

Body Check released in e-book formats

Body Check, my new romance novel, is now available in most electronic formats.

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Sportswriter Olivia Turnbull covers the Blades, Boston’s professional hockey team. She’d never break the taboo against dating one of the players. The temptation never even crosses her mind.

Until, that is, the Blades trade for Chad Finnegan. She and Chad enjoyed a torrid love affair during their college days and when he arrives, one look dooms them both.

Their love breaks all the rules, but the forbidden fruit tastes too sweet until they learn that it could cost them everything.

Body Check provides an insider’s view of newspapers, sports writing, and hockey, but most of all, it tells a captivating tale of star-crossed lovers.

Available on KindleNOOK, Kobo, Smashwords, and other formats. $5.99