CM . . . . Volume XIX Number 30 . . . . April 5, 2013
Originally published in 1995, The Night They Stole the Stanley Cup, the second book in the "Screech Owl" series, has been re-released with a new attractive cover featuring the team logo. Travis Lindsay, the Screech Owls team captain, should be excited because they are in Toronto competing in the Little Stanley Cup tournament. They are playing teams from Ontario, Quebec, New York and Michigan. There's been some rebuilding with the team this season, but Travis feels the Screech Owls will benefit with Jenny Staples and Jeremy Weathers on the team. Travis is made to feel like a failure though when he discovers some of his teammates and best friends are stealing merchandise from the hotel gift shop and street vendors. When he confronts them, they laugh and ridicule him. Travis tries to be a part of the team, both on and off the ice (He joins them in a race down the CN Tower stairs), but he knows he has to "right a wrong" to make himself and his coach feel proud again. He gets his chance when he overhears two men plotting to steal the real Stanley Cup from the Hockey Hall of Fame. He recruits Nish and Andy (after they returned their stolen goods) to capture the thieves. The action inside the Hockey Hall of Fame is just as suspenseful as the action that takes place on the ice during the tournament. The author, a former hockey journalist and player, includes expressive dialogue and adjectives when describing the characters' behavior in these scenes. I was a little disappointed when three members on the team got caught and punished for shoplifting after doing it once, while another boy, who stole more often, got away with it. Hockey fans, both male and female, will likely enjoy this series about mixed gender hockey teams.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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