Oil King Courage

Oil King Courage

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by Sigmund Brouwer
     
 

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When the Edmonton Oil Kings discover Reuben Reuben has a hockey game as unforgettable as his name and his Inuit heritage, life changes in a hurry for him and his best friend Gear. A wealthy businessman sponsors a three-on-three pond-hockey tour across the western Arctic, and Reuben and Gear soon find out the tournament is not what they thought.

Overview

When the Edmonton Oil Kings discover Reuben Reuben has a hockey game as unforgettable as his name and his Inuit heritage, life changes in a hurry for him and his best friend Gear. A wealthy businessman sponsors a three-on-three pond-hockey tour across the western Arctic, and Reuben and Gear soon find out the tournament is not what they thought.

Editorial Reviews

NMRLS Youth Services Book Review
"Young people will enjoy reading about the supportive friends, the exciting hockey scenes, and the mystery. This will appeal particularly to reluctant YA male readers."
Washington State YA Review
"Canadian hockey will certainly be a hot topic in libraries following the recent Olympics. This quick read may satisfy the desires of those who want to read about the game."
CM Magazine
"Brouwer has done a wonderful job of tying mystery, Inuit traditions and hockey together in a great story of family, loyalty and friendship. This high interest novel will satisfy not only reluctant readers, but others who enjoy a fast-paced story…Highly Recommended."
Children's Literature - Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco
Gear's life changes when his best friend Reuben is recruited for the Edmonton Oil Kings, and the two of them end up playing in a three-on-three hockey tour across the western Arctic. Along the way, Reuben's grandmother sends him mysterious notes about his Inuit heritage, timed to coincide with the stops on the tour. Things get really interesting, though, when everyone comes back home and suddenly Gear and Reuben find themselves in a fight for their lives. Sure to appeal to hockey fans, this book also includes information about the Arctic and its native cultures. While the hockey segments are often long, and the book probably will not appeal as much to people outside the sphere of the sport, there is a lot of insight into north/south relations, and the families we create for ourselves. This book will find a nice home in junior high libraries and may even encourage a reluctant athletic reader to give reading a second chance. Reviewer: Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554695140
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Series:
Orca Sports
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
272 KB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Read an Excerpt

I sucked down the icy air, but all too soon my lungs grew ragged from the cold. It felt like I was breathing in air from a red-hot furnace. My broken fingers throbbed, but that was the least of my worries.

The bulldozer stayed directly behind me. It wouldn't get tired. There was no way I could stay ahead of it, not with all the miles between me and where the Mackenzie entered the Arctic Ocean.

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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Oil King Courage 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Cson More than 1 year ago
Dedicated fans of Brouwer's previous works have a major disappointment coming their way with Oil King Courage. It seems all he did to write this book was Google "the basic rules of hockey" and "boring Canadian history". Even his usually incredible writing style fell through the ice on this one. To his credit, he did have a couple good laughs throughout and very faint glimpses at the grittiness he layers fast and thick on his epic thrillers such as Broken Angel and Double Helix. I've read close to 70 of his books, most of them two or three times, and I have to say this is his absolute worst book to date. Even his board books are better than this. Bottom line: don't read it. Please. It's embarrassing. www(dot)hornsponreviews(dot)webs(dot)com