Orca Book Publishers

Browse by Category

Fiction Ages 10+
Pages: 192
Themes: hockey, racism, anger management, First Nations, Indigenous
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/11/2008
Lexile Level: HL660L
Fry Reading Level: 4.0
Bookmark and Share
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."


Download teachers’ guide

Ebooks available from the following retailers:

Resources for Teachers:

Orca Book Publishers produces a number of tools and resources to help teachers, librarians, reading specialists and other education professionals enrich the teaching and learning experience. Please visit our Teacher Resources website to access and download materials.

Classroom Materials:

Classroom Projects

Readers Theater Scripts

Teachers' Guides

Resource Guides

Research and Support Materials:

Common Core

Reading Levels

Reaching Reluctant Readers:

Best Books for Struggling Readers


Reading Strategies