Thunderbird Spirit

  • Pages:192
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Sports
  • Themes:hockey, racism, anger management, First Nations, Indigenous
  • Available:11/01/2008
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Reading Level:4
  • Lexile:HL660L
  • ATOS:4.4
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Hockey stars Mike "Crazy" Keats and his new friend, Dakota, are caught in a web of violence which makes winning a championship the least of their concerns. Dakota Smith is in trouble. But Mike "Crazy" Keats doesn't care. He is new to the Seattle Thunderbirds, and Dakota seems like a good guy to have for a friend. Unfortunately, not everyone accepts Dakota's Native North American heritage so easily.
"The short chapters, rapid action, and adept hockey writing make this a prime choice for reluctant readers and hockey lovers."
– NMRLS Youth Services Book Review
"A substantial read with a unique plot and compelling characters...The excitement surrounding hockey and crime-fighting is sure to entertain."
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"Brouwer's use of controlled vocabulary and first-person viewpoint will succeed in enticing [reluctant readers] to attempt a novel. The emphasis on action keeps the plot moving swiftly."
"Well-written, and the highly engaging secondary characters, especially Dakota Smith, will quickly draw readers into the story. In Mike Keats, Brouwer has created a well-rounded male protagonist, a young man desperately searching for a good role model during the difficult period between boyhood and manhood. Highly Recommended."
– CM Magazine

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