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. Volume XIII Number 5 . . . .October 27, 2006
After 10 books which saw Brady Brady and his fellow Icehogs playing hockey, the season is finally over, and the athletically inclined Brady now turns to another sport - football. However, as the excerpt reveals, Brady’s resumption of this sport reminds him of a problem still unresolved from the end of last year’s football season - his curmudgeonly neighbour, Mr. Luddy, whose yard and garden are immediately adjacent to the empty lot in which Brady and his buddies play pickup football. While Brady completely misses the ball on his attempt to kick off to begin the game, Kev is more successful, but the football lands in the middle of Mr. Luddy’s vegetable patch. After losing a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to see who will retrieve the ball, Brady does get the ball, but he is intercepted by Mr. Luddy who takes the ball away from him and kicks it “waaay to the far end of the empty lot” saying, “Next time, you won’t get your football back!”
Despite the group’s best efforts, the ball once more sails into Mr. Luddy’s yard when Tes’s kick goes off course because of the wind. Though the offending ball is adjacent to Mr. Luddy’s basement window and not in his garden, it still has to be retrieved, and this time all six children, plus Brady’s dog, Hatrick, head into the yard. As Brady reaches down to get the ball, he glances through the basement window of Mr. Luddy’s house and sees a whole bunch of football memorabilia, including “the biggest trophy he had ever seen.” Mr. Luddy catches the whole group in his yard and yells, “HEY! What are you kids doing over there.” As Brady explains the wind’s taking the ball off course, Mr. Luddy’s angry face softens, but when Brady questions him concerning the big trophy, Mr. Luddy wordlessly walks away.
Dave Jenkinson teaches courses in children’s and adolescent literature in the Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba.
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