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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 192
Themes: hockey, racism, anger management, First Nations, Indigenous
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Nov/2008
Lexile Level: HL660L
Fry Reading Level: 4.0
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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.

NMRLS Youth Services Book Review
"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."
"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."
CM Magazine
"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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