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Billy: (Wolfbay Wings Series #7)
     

Billy: (Wolfbay Wings Series #7)

by Bruce Brooks
 

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With the support of his teammates behind him, Billy tries to find the courage to stand up to his over-bearing, sports-obssessed father and reach his full potential as a hockey player.

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With the support of his teammates behind him, Billy tries to find the courage to stand up to his over-bearing, sports-obssessed father and reach his full potential as a hockey player.

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Children's Literature - Bruce Adelson
In book number 7 in the "Wolfbay Wings" series, we meet Billy Fowler, age 10, an aspiring hockey player. However, this was not his first sports choice. He had always figured on playing football. After all, his father is a former pro football player. But Billy did not measure up, physically, to the unrealistic expectations of his dad. Eventually, his inability to throw a pass to his father's satisfaction made his sports direction clear-put away the cleats and strap on the skates. The author does a good job describing the pressures that Billy faces, living up to the constant demands of his father. He is also adept at describing hockey games, practices and strategy. Through his teammates, Billy learns the value of peer friendship, finds people he can lean on, and discovers the importance of standing up for himself. This is a worthy title for schools and libraries, one that will attract reluctant readers through its sports emphasis and its focus on dealing with a critical, overbearing parent.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-In this seventh book in the series, Brooks focuses on the team's hotdogging center. In his first-person narrative, Billy describes his overbearing father, who pushes him to play hard, interferes with the coach, and often insults his son's teammates. Dad even enrolls Billy in two sessions of hockey camp, thinking that the repetition will hone the boy's skills. As the youngest player on the Wings, Billy feels isolated from his teammates. He is surprised and pleased, therefore, when Zip and the gang invite him to the beach during summer vacation. The only problem is getting his father's permission to go. As in earlier titles, there is plenty of game action to keep young readers interested. Although hockey is the backdrop for the story, there is much more going on as the plot unfolds and Billy tries to find his place on the team. With believable characters and fast-moving action, this easy-to-read title will score a goal in any library where sports fiction is enjoyed.-Barb Lawler, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064407076
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/1998
Series:
Wolfbay Wings Series , #7
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.65(w) x 5.15(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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