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The Mystery of the Russian Ransom (Screech Owls) Kindle Edition

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Length: 178 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Age Level: 9 - 12
Grade Level: 4 - 7

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About the Author

ROY MACGREGOR is the author of many hockey literature classics such as Home Team: Fathers, Sons and Hockey, Home Game, The 7 A.M Practice and the Screech Owls series. He was named a media inductee to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013, when he was given the Elmer Ferguson Award for excellence in hockey journalism. He has been involved in hockey all his life, from playing all-star hockey in Huntsville, Ontario, against the likes of Bobby Orr from nearby Parry Sound, to coaching, and he still plays hockey in Ottawa where he lives with his wife Ellen. They have four grown children. Roy was inspired to write The Highest Number in the World when his now grown-up daughter starting playing hockey as a young girl. His lucky number is 13.

Geneviève Després completed a degree in Industrial Design at the Université de Montréal, but decided instead to pursue her first passion: drawing. She turned to illustration, and worked in the fields of educational publishing, advertising, editorial, and children's literature. She then spent a few years in Europe, where she looked for inspiration and explored different techniques. Since her return to Quebec she has illustrated many books for children, including Le petit chevalier qui n'aimait pas la pluie and La grève du bain. As a young girl, Geneviève was very athletic and always picked first for school yard games--even before the boys! She still plays sports whenever she gets the chance, including Ultimate Frisbee, and competes in triathlons. She didn't get to play hockey because girls weren't offered the opportunity, but she cheers for all three of her boys (including her husband) who play. Geneviève lives in Saint-Lambert on the south shore of Montreal with her family.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3705 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1770494200
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (February 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 11, 2014
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000,763 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
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Mystery of the Russian Ransom is part of the Screech Owls series by Roy MacGregor. The Screech Owls are a fictitious mixed pee-wee hockey team based in Canada. This team gives the author a constant cast of young kids to be used in a variety of early-teen centered adventure / mysteries.

I’ll say up-front that I am big fan of well-done Young Adult (YA) and teen literature: Cory Doctorow and Libba Bray, just to name two YA authors I admire, have received good words from me for the stories of theirs that I’ve read. Sorry to say it, but this book just isn’t up to that standard.

I get it: this book is aimed at a slightly younger audience than my usual YA benchmarks, but even allowing for that, the plot is overly simple. Adults will have the story figured out somewhere between a quarter and half-way through the book. The age this book is aimed at has seen enough movies, TV shows and (hopefully) read enough books that they will figure the mystery out before the big reveal.

Despite that, the story is engaging and I found myself really enjoying the characters Roy MacGregor created. I am also pleased that the central character is a female hockey player: this is the real world now and women do play hockey and play it hard, I’m told. I am not a hockey fan, so some of the hockey moves were lost on me, but I still felt the tension of the plays and was caught up in the action. If the rest of the series consistently reads as well as Mystery of the Russian Ransom did, I am sure the Screech Owls have a dedicated following.

For the reasons explained above, even reviewing this as a pre-teen-centric story, the best I can rate this is between three and half and three stars. Sorry, but I’m calling this a three star book. If you are a young hockey fan, you might get more out of the story.
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By Brandon on March 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is very inspiring for young readers and mystery lovers and hockey players everywhere my child wishes for more to come
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By SEAN R BROWN on February 22, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
These are my sons favorite books great for a young hockey fan and player.
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