Reed is a scoring machinean aggressive, mean player who can manufacture breakaways from thin air and shoot like a pro. When his selfish style of play gets him kicked off the Bowie As, he joins the Wolfbay Wings. Reeds determined to be the best on his new teamand not just because his sadistic older brothers will put him in the hospital if he isnt. But one of his bad moves puts a teammate out of commission, and Reeds forced to play defenseor not at all. Reeds always thought that defensemen are wimps who just couldnt make it as centers. Can he learn to play defense when everything inside him screams offense?
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Bruce Brooks is a two-time Newbery Honor recipient, in 1985 for The Moves Make the Man, and in 1993 for What Hearts.He has won many other awards and honors, not least of which was being a spazzy assistant coach for his son's travel hockey team. He lives in Burtonsville, Maryland.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8?Two books in a series about players on a Peewee hockey team. Each one focuses on a different player, with the formula always staying the same: the central character must learn to overcome a flaw that prevents him from meshing with the rest of the team, on and off the ice. Dooby sulks when he is not elected captain of the team?he loses to a girl, which makes it even harder to bear. He must learn to accept the circumstances and come to understand his role on the team. Reed is a "puck-hog" who is moved to defenseman. The books are tightly written, especially for series books, with the first-person narrators speaking in a tough, no-nonsense, sometimes edgy voice. It is fun to see incidents through each player's eyes. At times, however, the narrators hardly sound like kids: "True the coach told me to start trying this risky style of play, so technically I am excused from humiliations that might accrue." Another caveat is the way the dialogue is handled in Dooby, with dashes used instead of quotation marks, a la James Joyce. Some young readers may find this disconcerting and a lot to wade through. Still, these titles are short enough and entertaining enough to qualify as high-interest reads.?Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL
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