Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 4 to 7
- Reading age: 9 to 12
After discovering tainted water in the creek near his grandmother's cabin in the Kentucky hills, senior Roy Linden slowly uncovers a connection between his high school team's new star quarterback, his own football future, and the source of the pollution. Roy Linden should be thrilled. His high school football team, the Johnstown Striking Cobras, just got a new quarterback, and that means a chance at a winning season and a college scholarship for Linden, the team's senior receiver. But then he stumbles onto a deadly secret in the small coal-mining town. Revealing this toxic threat may cost him his best friend and his football career. But remaining silent could cost him much more.
About the author
With close to three million books in print, Sigmund Brouwer writes for both children and adults. In the last ten years, he has given writing workshops to students in schools from the Arctic Circle to inner city Los Angeles. One of his latest novels, The Last Disciple, earned Sigmund an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America. Sigmund and his family live half the year in Nashville, Tennessee, and half the year in Red Deer, Alberta.
Reach For Your Dreams
It doesn't matter where you come from, it's where you decide to go in life that is important. Sigmund Brouwer encourages students to reach for their dreams, giving them fun and practical advice for the reading and writing skills that are the foundation of future success.
Sigmund's presentations are an hour of high-level energy. He especially reaches out to reluctant readers and gears the talk to engage their attention. Audience size varies; often his presentations take place in the gym for the entire school, including kindergarten. (After the first half hour, the K-2 grades are dismissed, and the remainder of the presentation is focused on the older students.) There are no restrictions on audience size except for the space limitations of the gym. Smaller schools are welcome to invite another school to share in the cost of the presentation.
For presentations that involve travel, Sigmund appreciates it if two or three schools in the area make bookings on the same day. For more information on booking, fees and expenses, please email Sigmund: email@example.com
- Commended, CCBC Best Books
Excerpt: Cobra Strike (by (author) Sigmund Brouwer)
"And don't do anything stupid like try to run," he said. "I'd hate to have to get rough." I looked hard. He was still in the shadow of the truck. His hands were out of sight. Did he have a gun?
"Combining a sports focused fiction book with the ethical questions facing the characters will provide readers with great discussion or writing response fodder. Written at a 4.0 RL, Brouwer's book will appeal especially to sports loving boys and older struggling or reluctant readers."
Puget Sound Council
"Will appeal to those who enjoy sports stories...explores decision-making and standing up for one's beliefs."
"An interesting and exciting action novel which will keep readers happy to continue right to the end. Highly Recommended."
Cobra Strike (Orca Sports)After discovering tainted water in the creek near his grandmother’s cabin, Roy uncovers the connection between his high school’s new star quarterback and the source of the pollution.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.