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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 176
Themes: Hockey, fear, crime
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/09/2006
Lexile Level: HL580L
Fry Reading Level: 2.4
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Ray Hockaday plays center for the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Western Hockey League. He's spent his hockey career hiding something from the world. When his new Russian room-mate shows up, Ray is assigned to help Vlad get used to life in Canada. What Ray doesn't know is that Vlad is also hiding something. And that secret could get both of them killed.

Resource Links - April 1, 2007
"A page-turner; the kind of book you don't want to put down even when the lunch bell goes."
TeensReadToo.com - March 1, 2007
"Edge of your seat, hold on to your hat action - just the thing to hook reluctant readers."
CM Magazine - February 1, 2007
"A fun read for anyone who is interested in hockey...enough excitement to keep even the most reluctant reader interested. Recommended."

Awards

Golden Eagle Children's Choice nominee  | 2008 | Runner-up
CCBC Our Choice  | 2007 | Commended
Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2007 | Commended
ALA Popular Paperbacks   | 2008 | Long-listed

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