Baker & Taylor Yossi and his family--newly arrived in Montreal from their village in Russia--are finding it hard to scrape by with enough money to live, but Yossi still wants to play hockey with the boys down the street, even though he doesn't have skates.
Orca Book Publishers Yossi, a Jewish immigrant boy in Montreal, longs to play hockey, but when his father becomes ill and cannot work, all Yossi's hard-earned savings must go to help his family, not to buy skates. Yossi Mendelsohn works hard to help his family survive after they flee Russia to find a better life in Montreal. He sells newspapers and carries bundles from the garment factory. Yossi longs to play "le hockey" with the French boys, but he has no skates. When his father falls ill and his sister and her fiancé organize a walkout at the factory, Yossi's dream of lacing on skates seems farther away than ever.