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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 176
Themes: Hockey, suspense, farming
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2010
Fry Reading Level: 3.8
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When Josh Ellroy, left-winger for the Kamloops Blazers, and his dad find more than a dozen dead cattle on the family ranch, Josh has some serious decisions to make. On one hand, the Western Hockey League playoffs are ahead, plus a chance to play in the National Hockey League. On the other hand, there's a beautiful and interesting girl who believes more prize bulls will be killed.

Josh is afraid of what will happen if he gets involved. As he learns more, he's afraid of what will happen if he doesn't.

CM Magazine
"An excellent combination of the sports-themed genre with mystery and teen novel elements. Highly Recommended."
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"Brouwer's characters are believable, as is his plot, and readers will likely seek out further titles in this series."
Canadian Toy Testing Council
"The reader becomes involved in the excitement of playing hockey, making new friends, and ultimately confronting those who are revealed to be responsible for harming the animals."
Puget Sound Council
"More than just a sports story, Brouwer manages the weave of plots, creating a worthwhile book that will appeal to hockey loving readers as well as adventure and mystery readers. Written at a 3.8 RL, older reluctant readers will also find this a good match."

Awards

Canadian Toy Testing Council Top Ten Great Books for Children  | 2009 | Commended
CCBC Best Books starred selection  | 2008 | Commended