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Oil King Courage
By author: Sigmund Brouwer
Selling Points: The North, secrets, Inuit culture, indigenous
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2009
Lexile Level: 630L
Fry Reading Level: 4.1
Pages: 240
Fiction Ages 10+
Price:  $9.95
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I sucked down the icy air, but all too soon my lungs grew ragged from the cold. It felt like I was breathing in air from a red-hot furnace. My broken fingers throbbed, but that was the least of my worries.

The bulldozer stayed directly behind me. It wouldn't get tired. There was no way I could stay ahead of it, not with all the miles between me and where the Mackenzie entered the Arctic Ocean.

When the Edmonton Oil Kings discover that Reuben Reuben has a hockey game as unforgettable as his name and his Inuit heritage, life changes in a hurry for him and his best friend Gear. A wealthy businessman sponsors a three-on-three pond-hockey tour across the western Arctic, and Reuben and Gear find out more than they ever bargained for about teamwork, about the North and about a dangerous family secret.

CM Magazine - September 3, 2010
"Brouwer has done a wonderful job of tying mystery, Inuit traditions and hockey together in a great story of family, loyalty and friendship. This high interest novel will satisfy not only reluctant readers, but others who enjoy a fast-paced story…Highly Recommended."
NMRLS Youth Services Book Review - April 1, 2010
"Young people will enjoy reading about the supportive friends, the exciting hockey scenes, and the mystery. This will appeal particularly to reluctant YA male readers."
Washington State YA Review - March 1, 2010
"Canadian hockey will certainly be a hot topic in libraries following the recent Olympics. This quick read may satisfy the desires of those who want to read about the game."


Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2010
CCBC Best Books starred selection, commended  CA  2011


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