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Abby's Fabulous Season

Second Story Press


In 1955, girls who played hockey were rare, and there was no chance for them to play on a boy's team. But Abby Hoffman, a nine-year-old girl with a short haircut, supportive parents, and plenty of bravado, manages to bluff her way onto the all-star team in the boy's league. If her secret is discovered, she'll fight to keep the place she's earned on her team. Inspired by the real-life Abby Hoffman's story.

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Alain M. Bergeron is a big hockey fan. He is a prolific author of books for young people. He lives in Victoriaville, Quebec.

 
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In the Clear

Orca Book Publishers


On her seventh birthday, Pauline rode across the lawns on her street followed by her best friend Henry, he on the blue wooden horse, she on the red. On the seventh lawn at the top of the street, she collapsed, becoming a sudden victim of the polio outbreak of the summer of 1954.

Five years later, when In the Clear begins, she has survived, but paid a heavy price. A brace on her left leg allows her to walk, but she confines herself to her house, humiliated at the notion of being seen. Terrified by what Pauline has already suffered, her mother watches over her, forbidding her to play hockey on the ice rink her father has created in the backyard.

In the Clear alternates, chapter by chapter, between Pauline's horror-filled year in the hospital five years earlier and her struggles to adapt in the present of 1959 and 1960. At the end of the book, her triumphs in past and present come together and she is able to move forward with new friendships, a renewed bond with her mother and, most important, a new faith in herself.

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Anne Laurel Carter is a multi-award-winning author of books for children, including Under the Prairie Sky (Orca 2004). When she's not writing, she's reading. Anne lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she works full-time as a teacher-librarian.

 
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La revanche des Loups gris

Orca Book Publishers | Les Loups gris


Lors d'un tournoi à la ville de Québec, Tom Morgan joue un mauvais tour à son coéquipier Johnny Maverick. Celui-ci trouve alors normal de lui rendre la pareille, et le ton monte...

Pour le récompenser des buts incroyables qu'il a marqués, Johnny reèoit en cadeau un bâton de hockey signé de tous les joueurs des Canadiens de Montréal. Comme il s'inquiète des intentions de Tom à l'égard de son précieux trophée, il décide de l'emporter partout avec lui. Jusqu'où les garèons iront-ils donc avant de comprendre que la vengeance est une mauvaise idée?

There's plenty of action both on and off the ice. At a big tournament in Quebec City, teammate Tom Morgan plays a practical joke on Johnny Maverick, so naturally Johnny feels he has to pay him back. The rivalry escalates.

After he scores a hat trick, Johnny is given a hockey stick signed by all the members of the Montreal Canadiens. He worries that Tom will do something to this prized trophy and decides he will not let it out of his sight. But in the end Tom outsmarts him once more, and Johnny learns that revenge is never a good idea.

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Sigmund Brouwer is the author of over 20 novels for adults and dozens of books for children. He visits over 150 schools per year to deliver his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation, reaching about 60,000 students per year. Sigmund lives in Red Deer, Alberta. For more information, visit www.sigmundbrouwer.com.

 
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Timberwolf Hunt

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Echoes


When the Timberwolves get a new coach, they also get the coach's son. The only problem is that Eldridge Elwell is a terrible hockey player. The team is on the hunt to make the playoffs, and every time Eldridge plays a shift, it hurts the team more. Johnny Maverick is just as angry about it as anyone on the team, until he learns something important about the coach's son.

Also available in French.

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"Will appeal to young hockey players who enjoyed the first two books in the series."

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"Brouwer illustrates his morals with physical humour and one-liners that have proven appeal with children. Recommended."

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Sigmund Brouwer is the author of over 20 novels for adults and dozens of books for children. He visits over 150 schools per year to deliver his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation, reaching about 60,000 students per year. Sigmund lives in Red Deer, Alberta. For more information, visit www.sigmundbrouwer.com.

 
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Timberwolf Revenge

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Echoes


There's plenty of action both on and off the ice. At a big tournament in Calgary, teammate Tom Morgan plays a practical joke on Johnny Maverick, so naturally Johnny feels he has to pay him back. The rivalry escalates.

After he scores a hat trick, Johnny is given a hockey stick signed by all the members of the Calgary Flames. He worries that Tom will do something to this prized trophy and decides he will not let it out of his sight. But in the end Tom outsmarts him one more time and Johnny learns that revenge is never a good idea.

Also available in French.

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"Uses physical humour and situations that encourage a child to keep reading...descriptive language effectively brings suspense and interest to the action. Recommended."

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Sigmund Brouwer is the author of over 20 novels for adults and dozens of books for children. He visits over 150 schools per year to deliver his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation, reaching about 60,000 students per year. Sigmund lives in Red Deer, Alberta. For more information, visit www.sigmundbrouwer.com.

 
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Maxed Out

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Currents


More than anything, twelve-year-old Max wants to play hockey like he used to. But since the death of his dad, his mom does more crying than mothering, and Max has to take his special-needs brother, Duncan, with him everywhere he goes. The team needs Max to win the upcoming game against the Red Eagles, but one practice with Duncan makes it evident that it's not safe to leave him unattended on the sidelines. With only a week to figure out how he can play in the big game, Max is feeling the pressure. Will he find a way to be a good teammate, a good brother and a good son, or is it too much for one kid?

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"A touching, well-told story of adolescence being usurped by caring for a special needs brother and a grieving mom...A well written, sensitive book that not only offers resolution to the storyline, but supporting information in the author’s notes (back of the book) to access organizations that offer assistance."

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"The boy's relationship with his family will hold readers' attention. This book would make a good purchase for large libraries or those that have heavily used reluctant-reader collections."

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"This short novel delivers with a story that is both interesting and realistic."

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"Greer tells this story with genuine empathy as Max copes with his mom and brother, protects Duncan from a local bully, and sneaks in some fun with Ian. The resolution may be quick but is not too pat for credibility. Another fine entry in the Orca Currents line that will engage reluctant readers without talking down to them or sounding stilted."

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"A realistic portrayal of a family rocked by the sudden death of their husband and father. Targeted at 10- to 13-year olds, this novel does an excellent job of layering the stresses and tensions of Max's world...Greer delivers a well-written, engaging novel for preteens who will be drawn in by the apparent sports focused cover and the sports related theme but who will ultimately be exposed to a book that digs a little deeper and that turns out to tell a much more important story...Highly Recommended."

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"Greer has some nice turns of phrase...[and] the closing scene in the novel is heart-warming and well written."

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Daphne Greer is the author of Maxed Out, a 2013 YALSA Quick Picks nominee, and Jacob's Landing, which was a 2016 Hackmatack and 2016 Silver Birch finalist and was on the Best Books for Kids & Teens list from the Canadian Children's Book Centre. Daphne lives in Newport, Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.daphnegreer.com.

 
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La course-poursuite des Loups gris

Orca Book Publishers | Les Loups gris


Johnny Maverick et ses amis jouent dans l'équipe de hockey des Loups gris à Gaston. Tom Morgan est nouveau en ville. C'est un très bon joueur, mais pas vraiment un bon coéquipier. Johnny parviendra-t-il à lui démontrer que l'esprit d'équipe est toujours récompensé?

Johnny Maverick and his friends play for the Timberwolves peewee hockey team in the small town of Howling. Tom Morgan has just moved from Montreal and is a talented player. Tom is also very competitive and seems determined to pick on Stu Duncan, who is slightly overweight.

When Johnny suggests a race between Tom and Stu, Tom eagerly accepts. Stu is reluctant, but Johnny convinces him to trust his best friend's advice. On race day Tom is surprised by both the race and its outcome and learns that teamwork pays off.

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Sigmund Brouwer is the author of over 20 novels for adults and dozens of books for children. He visits over 150 schools per year to deliver his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation, reaching about 60,000 students per year. Sigmund lives in Red Deer, Alberta. For more information, visit www.sigmundbrouwer.com.

 
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Timberwolf Challenge

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Echoes


Johnny Maverick has come up with an idea to win a fundraising contest for the Howling Timberwolves hockey team. It seems fun, until a girl visits Howling—and starts to win challenges against Johnny. The entire town finds it funny; even worse, his friends Tom and Stu like what's happening.

Also available in French.

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"Combin[es] the physical humour of the previous books with a concise fully developed plot and simple language...Timberwolf Challenge is a not-to-be-missed title for those who have chuckled with other books in the "Timberwolves" series...[and is] particularly effective for the struggling reader."

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"Slapstick humor in this 5th book about the Timberwolves adds to a memorable and enjoyable transitional chapter book series for sports lovers and reluctant readers, especially boys."

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"A great friendship story in which Johnny learned a good life lesson and how to be a good sport."

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Sigmund Brouwer is the author of over 20 novels for adults and dozens of books for children. He visits over 150 schools per year to deliver his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation, reaching about 60,000 students per year. Sigmund lives in Red Deer, Alberta. For more information, visit www.sigmundbrouwer.com.

 
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Thunderbird Spirit

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Sports


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.

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"The short chapters, rapid action, and adept hockey writing make this a prime choice for reluctant readers and hockey lovers."

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"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."

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"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."

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Sigmund Brouwer is the author of over 20 novels for adults and dozens of books for children. He visits over 150 schools per year to deliver his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation, reaching about 60,000 students per year. Sigmund lives in Red Deer, Alberta. For more information, visit www.sigmundbrouwer.com.

 
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Winter Hawk Star

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Sports


Tyler is a good, solid hockey player, but not a great one. That honor belongs to the obnoxious Riley, a sixteen-year-old spoiled superstar who makes Tyler's life miserable. When Tyler and Riley are sent to volunteer at a local youth program, Tyler finds the passion and commitment he needs to step up his game on ice—and off.

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"Winter Hawk Star is a quick page turner that will interest all readers. Highly recommended."

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"Reluctant readers, especially those who are interested in hockey, will find this Orca Sports novel interesting...a good addition to schools and public libraries."

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Sigmund Brouwer is the author of over 20 novels for adults and dozens of books for children. He visits over 150 schools per year to deliver his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation, reaching about 60,000 students per year. Sigmund lives in Red Deer, Alberta. For more information, visit www.sigmundbrouwer.com.

 
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