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Thunderbird Spirit
By author: Sigmund Brouwer
Selling Points: hockey, racism, anger management, First Nations, indigenous
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Nov/01/2008
Lexile Level: HL660L
Fry Reading Level: 4.0
Pages: 192
Fiction Ages 10+
Price:  $9.95
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The red 4x4 spun sideways as the driver slammed on the brakes and yanked the steering wheel. The truck skidded toward Dakota's truck. I couldn't see the driver because the passenger side was sliding toward us. I could see the passenger though. He wore a mask over his face. And he was pointing a rifle at us through the open window.

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.
CM Magazine - June 18, 2010
"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."
VOYA - April 1, 2009
"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."
Resource Links - February 1, 2009
"A substantial read with a unique plot and compelling characters...The excitement surrounding hockey and crime-fighting is sure to entertain."
NMRLS Youth Services Book Review - December 1, 2008
"The short chapters, rapid action, and adept hockey writing make this a prime choice for reluctant readers and hockey lovers."


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