Blazer Drive

Blazer Drive

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by Sigmund Brouwer
     
 

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When Josh Ellroy, left-winger for the Kamloops Blazers, and his dad find more than a dozen dead cattle on the family ranch, Josh has some serious decisions to make. On one hand, the Western Hockey League playoffs are ahead, plus a chance to play in the National Hockey League. On the other hand, there's a beautiful and interesting girl who believes more prize bulls

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When Josh Ellroy, left-winger for the Kamloops Blazers, and his dad find more than a dozen dead cattle on the family ranch, Josh has some serious decisions to make. On one hand, the Western Hockey League playoffs are ahead, plus a chance to play in the National Hockey League. On the other hand, there's a beautiful and interesting girl who believes more prize bulls will be killed. Josh is afraid of what will happen if he gets involved. As he learns more, he's afraid of what will happen if he doesn't.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Stephanie East
Stephanie and Josh each live on a ranch; their families own prize bulls from the same bloodline and both have had their bulls and other cows mysteriously slaughtered. There are no roads to the sites where the bulls were killed, no tracks, and very few clues. Josh wants to help solve the puzzle—not only because he is attracted to Stephanie, but also because he raised Big Boy, the bull killed on his ranch. However, this mystery isn't the only one in this brief, easy-to-read novel. Luke and Josh play on the same hockey team. Luke has always been the high-scoring player who hasn't quite figured out that hockey is a team sport. Recently Luke has been skating slower, his shots aren't as accurate, and he is missing plays that should have been easy. Tension between them increases as Luke takes out his frustrations on Josh. What's Luke's problem? The coach tells them they must work it out. The night the boys agree to talk it out is the night that Stephanie and Josh are almost killed trying to solve the mystery of the murdered cows. Luke overcomes his fears and saves their lives, but at the next game the mystery of Luke's poor hockey performance is solved—he is ill. Josh is there to support and encourage him, and so is the rest of the team. Stephanie, Josh, and Luke discover that even though life is difficult, it is easier when you realize it is a team sport and no one wins on their own.
CM Magazine
"An excellent combination of the sports-themed genre with mystery and teen novel elements. Highly Recommended."
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"Brouwer's characters are believable, as is his plot, and readers will likely seek out further titles in this series."
Canadian Toy Testing Council
"The reader becomes involved in the excitement of playing hockey, making new friends, and ultimately confronting those who are revealed to be responsible for harming the animals."
Puget Sound Council
"More than just a sports story, Brouwer manages the weave of plots, creating a worthwhile book that will appeal to hockey loving readers as well as adventure and mystery readers. Written at a 3.8 RL, older reluctant readers will also find this a good match."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554695799
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Series:
Orca Sports
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Read an Excerpt

"You can't do that," Luke said. "If those two guys catch you, they'll kill you."

"If I don't do it," I said, "they're going to kill hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of bloodline bulls. Including the one I used to feed by hand with a bottle."

I turned and ran back toward the barn.

Meet the Author

With close to three million books in print, Sigmund Brouwer writes for both children and adults. In the last ten years, he has given writing workshops to students in schools from the Arctic Circle to inner city Los Angeles. One of his latest novels, The Last Disciple, earned Sigmund an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America. Sigmund and his family live half the year in Nashville, Tennessee, and half the year in Red Deer, Alberta.

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Blazer Drive 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Ben Holcomb More than 1 year ago
this book is the first orca sports i read and i love it
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Blazer Drive By: Sigmund Brouwer In Blazer Drive, Josh, your average teenager has a big problem. First, he wins MVP of the year on his hockey team. Then, when he gets home his parents tell him that the livestock have been killed on their ranch. So now he¿s stuck between hockey and the family ranch and has to decide which to choose. The book is great for boys ages 8-12 and is full of surprises. It keeps you on your feet, once you start reading you don¿t want to put it down. The main characters are Josh, Stephanie, and Luke. While reading this book you will be scared and shocked by what they go through. As I said the book is full of surprises, it keeps you awake. As soon as you read this you would probably try to find the book. ¿We didn¿t like what we saw. Someone had taken an ax and chopped at it. Blood, bones, guts, and cowhide were scattered everywhere.¿ There is only one part of the book I don¿t like very much, the author kind of jumps around between two subjects. Near the end though the subjects come together and become one. So now to ask, what will josh do, help with what¿s going on at the ranch or hockey?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book i have ever read in my life please e-mail me if you write more of your best books and e-mail me some oter good books you have rote i am 11 years old