Mass Market Paperbound
144 pages, 7 × 4.29 × 0.37 in
October 7, 2008
McClelland & Stewart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0771056087
ISBN - 13: 9780771056086
Read from the Book
Travis Lindsay looked over at Sarah Cuthbertson, and both of them, at exactly the same time, rolled their eyes toward the ceiling.
How many times – in all the years they had been in the same grade and on the same hockey team – had they shared this same look? And how many times had it involved Wayne Nishikawa – Nish – the Screech Owls’ best defenceman and Travis’s best friend in the world, not to mention the most self-centred, most attention seeking, most self-glorifying twelve-year-old that had ever lived?
The Screech Owls had been invited to take the magnificent trophy they had won at the Bell Capital Cup in Ottawa and show it off to the lower grades at Lord Stanley Public School. They had started the day in Miss Robinson’s kindergarten class. And as he talked to the five-year-olds sitting in their tiny chairs, Nish, as always, was holding court. The little kids’ eyes were big as saucers as Nish explained how he, too, had once sat in this very same kindergarten classroom (before he became one of the greatest stars of the hockey world), and how he had once rescued the little screech owl called Stanley who had inspired the name of the town’s most famous hockey team.
Sarah eased over and whispered in Travis’s ear. “Wouldn’t they just love to hear the real story . . .”
Travis giggled. Would they ever!
As Nish’s story got more and more unbelievable, Travis couldn’t help but think back to the day they had entered this same classroom for the very first time . . .
From the Publisher
In this prequel to the Screech Owls mystery series, the kindergarten class of Lord Stanley Public School find themselves involved in their very first mystery at the same time as the gang — Travis, Nish, Sarah and most of the other Owls — take to the ice for the very first time. This is the story of why the Screech Owls became the Screech Owls, and how Nish went from the most disliked kid in school to, as he put it, “the hero” of the fledgling hockey team.
About 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 in 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.
MacGregor is the author of several classics in the literature of hockey, including Home Game (written with Ken Dryden) and The Home Team, both national bestsellers, and the game’s best-known novel, The Last Season. Roy MacGregor is a columnist for the Globe and Mail. He lives in Kanata, Ontario.
“The Screech Owls are great reading for the hockey players in your family!” — Wayne Gretzky
“Fast paced, saucy and no hint of sugar.” — Calgary Herald
“Packed with action on the ice and mystery and suspense off the ice.” — Ottawa Citizen
“For kids who love hockey, MacGregor’s series is perfect reading!” — Kingston Whig-Standard