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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 6 - 10
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: Orca Sports
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554691974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554691975
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,861,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Young people will enjoy reading about the supportive friends, the exciting hockey scenes, and the mystery. This will appeal particularly to reluctant YA male readers." (NMRLS Youth Services Book Review 2010-04-01)

"Brouwer has done a wonderful job of tying mystery, Inuit traditions and hockey together in a great story of family, loyalty and friendship. This high interest novel will satisfy not only reluctant readers, but others who enjoy a fast-paced story…Highly Recommended." (CM Magazine 2010-09-03)

"Canadian hockey will certainly be a hot topic in libraries following the recent Olympics. This quick read may satisfy the desires of those who want to read about the game." (Washington State YA Review 2010-03-01)

From the Back Cover

For Reuben and Gear, there's a lot more at stake than the tournament's prize money. When the Edmonton Oil Kings discover Reuben Reuben has a hockey game as unforgettable as his name and his Inuit heritage, life changes in a hurry for him and his best friend Gear. A wealthy businessman sponsors a three-on-three pond-hockey tour across the western Arctic, and Reuben and Gear soon find out the tournament is not what they thought.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cson on January 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
Dedicated fans of Brouwer's previous works have a major disappointment coming their way with Oil King Courage. It seems all he did to write this book was Google "the basic rules of hockey" and "boring Canadian history". Even his usually incredible writing style fell through the ice on this one. To his credit, he did have a couple good laughs throughout and very faint glimpses at the grittiness he layers fast and thick on his epic thrillers such as Broken Angel and Double Helix.

I've read close to 70 of his books, most of them two or three times, and I have to say this is his absolute worst book to date. Even his board books are better than this.

Bottom line: don't read it. Please. It's embarrassing.
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More About the Author

Whether writing youth or adult fiction, Sigmund Brouwer is a best-selling author of more than 40 fast-paced novels. He loves going to schools to get kids excited about reading, reaching roughly 80,000 students a year through his Rock&Roll Literacy Show.

Sigmund is married to songwriter recording artist Cindy Morgan. The couple and their two young daughters divide their time between Red Deer, Alberta and Nashville, Tennessee.

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