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. Volume XIII Number 11 . . . .January 19, 2007
Tom, Stu, Johnny and the boys are in Calgary for a hockey tournament in Timberwolf Revenge, the second in the Howling Timberwolves books which are part of the "Orca Echoes" series. A practical joke played by Tom on Johnny springboards the boys into a rivalry of one-upmanship on and off the ice. Johnny is intent on getting back at Tom while protecting his prized hockey stick signed by all the members of the Calgary Flames team. The plot follows Tom and Johnny's attempts to play additional practical jokes on each other while Stu, wisely, tries to remind them that revenge is always a bad idea.
Brouwer uses physical humour and situations that encourages a child to keep reading. Children will definitely enjoy the practical jokes played. However, the funny mood of the story is dampened by the repeated moralizing of the author through the character of Stu. I think Stu repeats the moral - revenge is a bad idea - at least once in every chapter of the book. The reader will not be surprised, then, that, by the end of the book, Johnny does learn that Stu is right.
Jonine Bergen works at the Millennium Library while completing the Library Technician program at Red River College in Winnipeg.
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