Hitmen Triumph

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Left winger Nolan Andrews thinks it's great that he can play hockey in Calgary, where his older brother, Nathan, is a star center for the Hitmen. When Nolan finds out that a lot of things about Nate's new life in Calgary don't make sense--or might not even be legal--Nolan has to make some difficult choices that will affect him and his brother for the rest of their lives.
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Overview

Left winger Nolan Andrews thinks it's great that he can play hockey in Calgary, where his older brother, Nathan, is a star center for the Hitmen. When Nolan finds out that a lot of things about Nate's new life in Calgary don't make sense--or might not even be legal--Nolan has to make some difficult choices that will affect him and his brother for the rest of their lives.
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Editorial Reviews

Puget Sound Council
"Brouwer once again succeeds in combining a sports themed book with an action packed dangerous situation requiring the high school-aged characters to make ethical and moral decisions. Written at a 3.2 RL, reluctant and struggling readers into the high school years will find themes that resonate and provide good conversations or writing responses for class work."
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"[Sigmund Brouwer's] knowledge of sports and deft writing style flawlessly carry the story along - a page-turner in fact!"
The Bookmark (BCTLA)
"Brouwer's writing technique encourages young readers to read on, as he only gives hints of what 'might' happen...Hitmen Triumph triumphs both on the ice and off."
CM Magazine
"Brouwer is certain to capture the reluctant reader's attention with this story that is both enjoyable and a real page turner! Recommended."
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Nolan and Nate are twins with talent as hockey players. They are both part of the Calgary Hitmen hockey team, and they have an almost ESP-like connection with one another on the ice. However, Nolan, who is hearing impaired, has grown distant from Nate. Nolan is confused by what he believes are criminal actions on the part of his brother. He shadows Nate and is drawn into a dangerous web of anger, shame, and violence. Meanwhile, the growing distance in his relationship with his brother leads to Nolan's struggles on the ice. His play suffers as a result. In the end, Nolan discovers his brother's secret. In doing so, he faces danger and even death. This book combines a sports story with a mystery. In telling this tale, author Sigmund Brouwer does some very good and some somewhat superficial things. On the positive side of the ledger, this is a novel that moves at a fast pace. Action sequences abound and are written in such a way that they will catch a reader's interest. Conversely, the characters in this book appear as cardboard cutouts rather than as fully-developed entities. Further, critical elements of the plot are resolved in somewhat contrived ways. These factors make the book a mixed blessing, but one that will appeal to readers interested in hockey or mystery thrillers. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551438733
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Orca Sports Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 662,379
  • Age range: 10 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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.

The Talk:

Reach For Your Dreams

It doesn't matter where you come from, it's where you decide to go in life that is important. Sigmund Brouwer encourages students to reach for their dreams, giving them fun and practical advice for the reading and writing skills that are the foundation of future success.

The Presentation:

Sigmund's presentations are an hour of high-level energy. He especially reaches out to reluctant readers and gears the talk to engage their attention. Audience size varies; often his presentations take place in the gym for the entire school, including kindergarten. (After the first half hour, the K-2 grades are dismissed, and the remainder of the presentation is focused on the older students.) There are no restrictions on audience size except for the space limitations of the gym. Smaller schools are welcome to invite another school to share in the cost of the presentation.

Booking:

For presentations that involve travel, Sigmund appreciates it if two or three schools in the area make bookings on the same day. For more information on booking, fees and expenses, please email Sigmund: rockandrollliteracy@me.com

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Read an Excerpt

The rumbling didn't come as noise. It came as a vibration that hummed in my chest. Even thought I was blindfolded, I turned my head, as if I needed my eyes to tell me what I already knew. The train was close and coming fast. With me stuck on the tracks...
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