Woodsie: (Wolfbay Wings Series #1)

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No one's more surprised than hockey rookie Dixon Woods when he actually makes the champion Wolfbay Wings team--the best in half the country last year. But this year the Wings' coach has left for another club, taking the five best players with him. It'll take all of Woodsie's hockey smarts to help turn things around.

At the start of the new ice hockey season, Woodsie alone believes that his teammates can pick themselves up after ...

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Overview

No one's more surprised than hockey rookie Dixon Woods when he actually makes the champion Wolfbay Wings team--the best in half the country last year. But this year the Wings' coach has left for another club, taking the five best players with him. It'll take all of Woodsie's hockey smarts to help turn things around.

At the start of the new ice hockey season, Woodsie alone believes that his teammates can pick themselves up after several key players defect to a rival team.

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Children's Literature - Bruce Adelson
The Wolfbay Wings hockey team was a championship youth hockey squad. Dixon Woods never dreamt he would ever play for such a team until his ambitious mother suggested he attend a tryout. Eleven-year-old Dixon, who had never played competitive hockey before, was quite anxious about his prospects until the Wings' coach told him that his quest had been successful. In making the team, Dixon is helped by the Wings' need for players after its former coach quit, taking his five best players along. A knowledgeable hockey fan will enjoy this story, which is filled with detailed descriptions of plays, strategies and practices. There is much material here that will be unfamiliar to those not well versed in hockey lore. The author devotes most of the book to accounts of Wings' practices, discussions among the team's young members, and Dixon's angst about playing for a team that he feels is still above his abilities. Despite the Wings' concerns about not measuring up to their illustrious past, they improve themselves and grow together through several spirited practice sessions. However, their optimism and Dixon's newly discovered confidence evaporate after the Wings are pummeled in their first game. It is only after this defeat that the young Wings begin to come together in ways they never had before.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6--The Wolfbay Wings Squirt A team starts off their season minus the "star" players from last season. How the hockey team reacts and grows is seen through the eyes of Cody Cooper (Codes), Dixon Woods (Woodsie), and Zachary James (Zip). Each boy's development as a person and as a team player is highlighted in separate novels. Codes must learn how to help the team become a stronger group, even if it means defying his father, the coach. Woodsie must find a way to bolster his confidence and help the team turn itself into a cohesive unit. Zip must find a way to work through his anger at being left behind by his best friend and not tear the team apart. While this series is aimed at hockey fans, readers unfamiliar with the intricacies of the sport will find themselves involved in the lives of these 11 year olds. Brooks successfully brings the boys into sharp focus, each with his own problem that is solved by the story's end, thus creating a sense of completion to each one. While Matt Christopher's Face-Off (Little, Brown, 1989), Alfred Slote's The Hotshot (Watts, 1977; o.p.), and Chris Lynch's The Iceman (HarperCollins, 1994) focus only on the individual, the "Wolfbay Wings" series brings together all of the elements that make a sports team successful.--Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL
Kirkus Reviews
In the first book of the promising Wolfbay Wings series, Dixon Woods is new to hockey and new to the Wings, last year's regional champs. But their old coach has left and taken the best players, without whom the remaining team members are in over their heads. Although he is blessed with good hockey sense, devotion, and an easygoing disposition, Dixon has a lot to learn. Brooks (Asylum for Nightface, 1996, etc.) delivers a live-wire sports story, with snappy kid-cool dialogue and humor that ring completely true. His knowledge and love of the sport, in all its thrilling complexity, and his respect for his audience and athletes, come through on every page; the novel is filled with hockey jargon, but is still accessible to those who are not fanatics. Wit and intelligence run as undercurrents to the game action, with a surprising ending that will have readers wild for the next installment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064405973
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Series: Wolfbay Wings Series , #1
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 116
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.64 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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