Bruce Brooks Shark (Wolfbay Wings)

ISBN 13: 9780064406819

Shark (Wolfbay Wings)

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Shark is one of the worst players on the Wings. He's fat and slow, and his hockey sense is pitiful. But one night a miracle happens. He scores the winning goal with a beautiful play. Shark's sure it was a fluke, but his teammates expect him to improve. Even worse, they're getting mad at him when he doesn't--and they're freezing him out. Shark's puzzled by their attitude. He'll never be a real player, like Prince or Cody. He's destined to be a hopeless spaz, isn't he? .

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About the Author:

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.

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paper 0-06-440681-4 The latest installment in the thoughtfulthough action-orientedWolfbay Wings series (Woodsie, 1997, etc.) moves away from the better members of the team to Sebastian, jokingly nicknamed Shark, one of the ``Spaz Line'' of players who are there to fill empty positions. His teammates have a lot of good-humored tolerance for poor players; what they won't tolerate is that Sebastian is a rapidly improving player who won't give up his safe place and give it all he's got. The intelligence that informs the book is every bit as sharp as the action: As in the previous books, Brooks combines youth-sized attitudes and thoughts with parenthetical, often more sophisticated, musings on a wide variety of related subjects. He takes for granted the nobility and honor accorded the athletes, and demonstrates an easy, impenetrable respect for readers. Unlike the other entries in the series, however, this one has more philosophizing than action, and the sentence structure can be daunting: One sentence goes for nearly a page. It's still a fast, compelling read, and several notches above anything else of its kind. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright 1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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