Bench Brawl

Bench Brawl

by Trevor Kew


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The "Helmets" and the "Gloves" have been cross-river rink rivals forever, so when the league decides to merge the two teams to represent their small B.C. town at a big invitational hockey tournament in Vancouver, Luke and his friends are furious. To make matters worse, the coach responsible for the merger is Luke's own father!

Nothing is going right for the newly formed Great River Vikings—they seem to be more willing to fight among themselves than to battle against their opponents.

It will take an outsider—a new kid from Quebec—to teach the locals the true meaning of sportsmanship and what it means to be winners for the hometown they represent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459407114
Publisher: Lorimer, James & Company, Limited
Publication date: 09/28/2014
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 13 Years

About the Author

Trevor Kew is an English teacher in Japan and regular contributor to the soccer magazine Free Kick. He is also the author of several Lorimer Sports Stories novels, including Bench Brawl, Trading Goals, and Playing Favourites.

Table of Contents

1 The Wrong Side of the River 9

2 Big News 16

3 Helmets and Gloves 25

4 JB 32

5 The Shed 39

6 One-on-One 46

7 Line Change 54

8 Glove-lover 61

9 Teammates 68

10 The Back of the Bus 77

11 Vancouver 84

12 Salmon-bellies 92

13 Vikings 103

14 Broken Stick 111

15 Et Le But 122

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Bench Brawl 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
The Helmets and the Gloves are cross-river hockey rivals.  When the small town of Great River in Canada decides to combine the two PeeWee teams and send them to an international tournament in Vancouver will they be able to set aside their differences? I happened to read this book while I was out of town at my son’s PeeWee hockey tournament.  It was definitely appropriate timing.  I enjoyed the story so much, I told all the boys on his team that they should get the book.   Everyone I have ever known that play hockey, will tell you that tight bonds are formed with their team mates.  Therefore, it was interesting seeing how the once rivals; relationships progressed throughout the book.   The story was told from the viewpoint of Luke Kopf.  I liked his honesty about his feelings.  His character, along with the others, seemed believable.   I really enjoyed Jean-Baptiste Legant aka JB the new French-Canadian kid who recently moved to Great River from Vancouver and before that lived in Montreal.  His love for hockey and lack of prejudice helped the team. Bench Brawl was well-written and very credible.  It is an inspirational story that any athlete could appreciate.  It also contains valuable life lessons.  Readers of all ages would enjoy this book. Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.