The Complete Screech Owls

Overview

Celebrating ten years and more than one million books in print!

New four-in-one edition!

The first four Screech Owls mysteries are now collected in one volume:

#17 — The Secret of the Deep Woods
#18 — Murder at the Winter Games
#19 — Attack on the Tower of London
#20 — The Screech Owls's Reunion

Screech Owls books have won the Our Choice Award and the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award. They have been ...

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Overview

Celebrating ten years and more than one million books in print!

New four-in-one edition!

The first four Screech Owls mysteries are now collected in one volume:

#17 — The Secret of the Deep Woods
#18 — Murder at the Winter Games
#19 — Attack on the Tower of London
#20 — The Screech Owls's Reunion

Screech Owls books have won the Our Choice Award and the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award. They have been endorsed by the Canadian Toy Testing Council and shortlisted for the Silver Birch Award, the Red Cedar Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Ottawa-Carleton Award, and the Palmarès de Communication-Jeunesse.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
In celebration of over ten years and more than one million books in print, the first four "Screech Owls Mysteries" for middle grade readers are now collected in one volume: "The Secret of the Deep Woods," "Murder at the Winter Games," "Attack on the Tower of London," and "The Screech Owls' Reunion." This hefty paperback version is great reading for kids who love hockey…or just love reading a great story about kids having lots of adventures while trying to solve a mystery. It is no wonder that Canadian Roy MacGregor's "Screech Owl" books have won the Our Choice Award, the Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award and others. The twenty-book series, including of course the four bundled together here, centers on the Screech Owls, a competitive peewee hockey team coached by ex-pro player Muck Munro in the small town of Tamarack, and open to both boys and girls. Each mystery stars Nish, Jake, Travis, Sarah, Fahd, Liz, ‘Data' and others as they track down clues in between matches on the ice. The ‘spot-on' characterization and dialogue of his young heroes, as well as the thrilling sports action sequences and suspenseful sleuthing, will certainly have kids reading the individual books in this collection at a fast clip…and asking for more. Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
From the Publisher
“The Screech Owls are great reading for the hockey players in your family!”
—Wayne Gretzky

“One of Canada’s favourite — and bestselling — children’s authors.”
Globe and Mail

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780771054914
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: Complete Screech Owls Series
  • Pages: 488
  • Sales rank: 474,498
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.67 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy MacGregor has been involved in hockey all his life. Growing up in Huntsville, Ontario, he competed for several years against a kid named Bobby Orr, who was playing nearby Parry Sound. He later returned to the game when he and his family settled in Ottawa, where he worked for the Ottawa Citizen and became the Southam National Sports Columnist. He still plays old-timers hockey and has been a minor-hockey coach for more than a decade.

Roy MacGregor is a columnist for the Globe and Mail and the author of numerous books, including the number-one national bestsellers Home Game (written with Ken Dryden) and The Home Team. He has also written the game’s best-known novel, The Last Season. His other books include Road Games, The Seven A.M. Practice, and, most recently, A Life in the Bush, a memoir of his father. He has also written books about native leaders and the Ottawa Valley. His lives in Kanata, Ontario.

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The Complete Screech Owls


By Roy MacGregor

Random House

Roy MacGregor
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0771054890


Chapter One

Travis would have to find an elevator. There was no other way to get Nish up to the next floor to the Great Hall where they kept all the nhl trophies, including the Stanley Cup.

He asked one of the custodians for directions. There was an elevator at the rear, she told him. It was for the staff to come and go from their offices on the third and fourth floors, but it was also available for the use of anyone in need -- and his friend in the wheelchair was certainly in need.

Travis pushed Nish down a long corridor, at the end of which were sliding doors and a single button. Travis pushed the button and the doors opened on an empty elevator.

"Lingerie, please." Nish announced, as if he were addressing an elevator operator in a department store.

"You're sick," Travis said.

Nish grinned: "And proud of it."

They rose to the second floor and the doors began to open.

Suddenly, both were blinded by a flash of light!

At first Travis couldn't see, but as the flash faded from his eyes he could make out two bulky figures, one with a camera half-hidden in his opened coat.

The men seemed caught off guard. The man taking the pictures -- dark, surly, with a scar down the side of his face as if he'd run into a skate -- seemed to be trying to hide the camera. The other -- tall, balding, but with a ponytail tied behind his head -- seemed nervous.

"How ya doin', boys?" the tall man asked.

"Okay," Travis answered, unsure.

"We're just taking some shots for a few renovations," the man explained.

Travis pushed Nish past. It didn't make any sense. The Hockey Hall of Fame was almost brand new. Why would it need fixing up already?

"What the heck's with them?" Nish asked as they moved further down the corridor.

"I have no idea," said Travis.

When they got to the Great Hall where the trophies were -- a dazzle of lights on silver and glass, the Norris, the Calder, the Lady Byng, the Hart, the Vezina -- several of the Screech Owls were already positioned in the designated area for taking their own photographs.

The scene made Travis even more suspicious of the men. If they had come in here with a camera, surely it was for this. Why would they want to take a picture of an elevator?

"There's the Stanley Cup!" Nish shouted, pointing.

Derek and Willie were already there. The cup looked glorious. So shining, so rich, so remarkably familiar, even though none of them had ever seen it in real life before this moment.

"This isn't the real one," said Willie, who knew everything.

"Whadya mean?" Nish scowled, disbelieving.

Willie pointed back over his shoulder. "The real one, the original one that Lord Stanley gave back in 1893, is back over there in the vault. This building used to be a bank, you know. They keep it back there because it's considered too fragile to present to the players, so they present this one -- which in a way makes this one the real Stanley Cup as well."

Travis looked to see what Willie was talking about. He could see another room back behind huge steel doors -- "lord stanley's vault," the sign overhead said. There were more lights in there and what appeared to be another, smaller trophy.

And the two men were there, too!

The shorter, dark one had his camera out again. He was flashing pictures as fast as he could. But not of the cup, of everything else: the walls, the vault doors, the base the trophy stood on.

What were they up to?

"Wait here," Travis said to Nish.

Nish turned back, hardly caring. He could get Data to push him if necessary. But anyway he wasn't much interested in leaving the cup he was planning to carry around Maple Leaf Gardens.

Travis circled wide around the other trophies so he could come up on the entrance to the smaller room without being seen.

There was no one in the vault but the two men, still taking photographs. It made no sense.

Travis kept close to the wall and edged to the doorway. He could hear the taller man talking.

"It's perfect," he kept saying. "Perfect."

"No one can see from any of the other areas. There's only the one surveillance camera, the main alarm, and a secondary alarm on the display case. We plan it right and we can be in and out of here in less than thirty minutes."

The man with the camera stopped and turned, scowling.

"Keep it down. You wanna tell the whole country?"

The tall one laughed. "The whole country will know soon enough -- and they'll pay whatever it takes to get this baby back, believe me."

Travis could feel his legs shaking, and it wasn't from the CN Tower run.


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