Bestselling author Sigmund Brouwer brings his unique sense of play to the serious business of learning to read and write. Armed with music, humor and heart, he connects the dots for people who work with kids to cultivate reading and writing skills.
Trenton Hiser is trying to walk in the footsteps of his uncle, Mike Hiser, a successful Hollywood director. During Trenton's summer vacation, he goes with his uncle to film the inside story of Scarlet Thunder, a top-level stock-car racing team. As they film the action, too many things go wrong, deadly mistakes are made and Trenton finds out that much more than the race is at stake.
Jim, Mickey and Lisa belong to a secret club called the Sewer Rats. Every Saturday the Sewer Rats reign supreme in paintball wars held in the city's storm drain system. The new kid, Carter, wants to join, but Lisa doesn't want him in the club. When Carter is hurt in his first paintball war, Jim and Mickey suspect that Lisa planned the accident. They try to confront her, but she runs into the tunnels just as a rainstorm begins. Jim and Mickey have to get Lisa out before the tunnels fill with water.
A TRIP TO HOLLYWOOD MEANS NO WORRIES, JUST FUN IN THE SUN ... OR DOES IT? An invitation to be extras in a movie is a thrilling surprise for Ricky Kidd and his friends. And getting to stay with famous movie star JERICHO STONE is pretty exciting. But being kidnapped upon their arrival in Hollywood is more of an adventure than the Accidental Detectives had bargained for! Despite Jericho's reassurances, Ricky isn't convinced the kidnapping was just a mix-up. And when Ricky discovers that Jericho is hiding dark secrets from his past, the mystery becomes even more ominous. Jericho's secrets may threaten not just the actor's career--the lives of the Accidental Detectives could be at risk, too! * WHY IS JERICHO STONE BEING BLACKMAILED? * WHERE DOES THE CIA FIT INTO ALL OF THIS? * IS THERE ANYBODY THE ACCIDENTAL DETECTIVES CAN TRUST?
Hockey stars Mike "Crazy" Keats and his new friend, Dakota, are caught in a web of violence which makes winning a championship the least of their concerns. Dakota Smith is in trouble. But Mike "Crazy" Keats doesn't care. He is new to the Seattle Thunderbirds, and Dakota seems like a good guy to have for a friend. Unfortunately, not everyone accepts Dakota's Native North American heritage so easily.
Ray Hockaday plays center for the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Western Hockey League. He's spent his hockey career hiding something from the world. When his new Russian room-mate shows up, Ray is assigned to help Vlad get used to life in Canada. What Ray doesn't know is that Vlad is also hiding something. And that secret could get both of them killed.
Johnny Maverick has come up with an idea to win a fundraising contest for the Howling Timberwolves hockey team. It seems fun, until a girl visits Howling and starts to win challenges against Johnny. The entire town finds it funny; even worse, his friends Tom and Stu like what's happening.
Johnny Maverick and his friends play for the Timberwolves peewee hockey team in the small town of Howling. Tom Morgan has just moved from Toronto and is a talented player. Tom is also very competitive and seems determined to pick on Stu Duncan, who is slightly overweight. Johnny suggests a race between Tom and Stu. Tom eagerly accepts; Stu is reluctant but Johnny convinces him to trust his best friend's advice. On race day Tom is surprised by both the race and its outcome and learns that teamwork pays off.
When the Timberwolves get a new coach, they also get the coach's son. The only problem is that Eldridge Elwell is a terrible hockey player. The team is on the hunt to make the playoffs, and every time Eldridge plays a shift, it hurts the team more. Johnny Maverick is just as angry about it as anyone on the team, until he learns something important about the coach's son.
There's plenty of action both on and off the ice. At a big tournament in Calgary, teammate Tom Morgan plays a practical joke on Johnny Maverick, so naturally Johnny feels he has to pay him back. The rivalry escalates. After he scores a hat trick, Johnny is given a hockey stick signed by all the members of the Calgary Flames. He worries that Tom will do something to this prized trophy and decides he will not let it out of his sight. But in the end Tom outsmarts him one more time and Johnny learns that revenge is never a good idea.
It's the most talked about trophy in Howling -- The Wassabbee! And it goes to the winner of the annual fathers versus sons hockey game. This year the fathers are in trouble, so they've changed the rules. The game won't be played indoors. It's going to be held outside, at a weekend campout. In the middle of the winter! Johnny Maverick and his friends know the fathers are going to play a few tricks on them, so they decide to use all their genius to play the tricks first.
Johnny Maverick and Tom Morgan are in a race for the league's goal-scoring trophy, but one or two other things are getting in the way. Like a joke on the coach. And, worse, the smelly socks of death...
Jack's dad is tough on him, but he has learned to live with it. For the most part, he has it pretty good. Jack is a star player on his high school basketball team with everything going for him-scoring records, popularity and an easy path to a college scholarship. Almost as fast as the crash that put his mom in the hospital, everything Jack believes in starts to crumble. His only hope is to discover what's really going on, and quickly. If he doesn't, Jack may lose much more than a basketball career.
Accidental Detectives LIFE AS A FIRST-CLASS JERK IS MORE CHALLENGING THAN IT APPEARS . . . Ricky and his friends are eagerly anticipating their trip to the Alberta Badlands, home of the famed tyrannosaurus rex. But when Ricky's grandfather asks him to come a few days early for a special project, things start to get strange in a hurry! Grandfather John's plan to transform Ricky into Rocky--juvenile delinquent and undercover agent--takes a bit of getting used to, but it seems to be working perfectly. In fact, it is working a little too well. As Ricky is drawn deep into a dangerous plot, his faith and courage are tested to the max. Discovery means certain death! WHAT IS CAUSING THE STRANGE EVENTS AT AUNT LOUISE'S TRAILER PARK? CAN RICKY CONVINCE EVERYONE HE'S A ROTTEN TROUBLEMAKER--AND DOES HE WANT TO? WHERE DO THE BIG--REALLY, REALLY BIG--DINOSAUR BONES FIT INTO THE PUZZLE?
ON A VACATION IN PARADISE, WHAT CAN GO WRONG? RICKY KIDD'S family and his friends are in Hawaii for Easter break, and it promises to be the vacation of a lifetime. But when a shark-fishing trip turns into a hair-raising experience, Ricky isn't sure whom to trust. Mike's discovery of an ancient Japanese statue causes even more confusion. And then there is that white-haired guy who keeps showing up.... Meanwhile, other strange things keep happening, especially when their host, Norbert, disappears just a week before his wedding! The statue holds the key to unraveling the mystery, but when it is stolen from them, it seems their last clue has disappeared. Ricky and his friends need to solve this mystery soon--otherwise they may become shark bait! IS THERE A CONNECTION BETWEEN NORBERT AND THE WHITE-HAIRED GUY? IS THE JAPANESE STATUE REAL, OR JUST A CLEVER FAKE? WHAT SECRETS IS NORBERT HIDING? Juvenile Fiction Ages 8-13
Tyler is a good, solid hockey player, but not a great one. That honor belongs to the obnoxious Riley, a sixteen-year-old spoiled superstar who makes Tyler's life miserable. When Tyler and Riley are sent to volunteer at a local youth program, Tyler finds the passion and commitment he needs to step up his game on ice and off.
Keegan Bishop, championship skier, is almost injured in a dangerous trap set for one of his teammates. Snowboard tracks leading away from the trap are the only clue as to who might be responsible. Keegan teaches himself to snowboard so he can find the culprit on the snowboarding slopes. When Keegan discovers that someone has been stealing snowboards and skis at Bear Mountain resort, and the girl he's just met is somehow involved, he must face his fears and test his new snowboarding skills in a run for safety.
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