In this prequel to the Screech Owls mystery series, the kindergarten class of Lord Stanley Public School find themselves involved in their very first mystery at the same time as the gang — Travis, Nish, Sarah and most of the other Owls — take to the ice for the very first time. This is the story of why the Screech Owls became the Screech Owls, and how Nish went from the most disliked kid in school to, as he put it, “the hero” of the fledgling hockey team.
Roy MacGregor has been involved in hockey all his life. Growing up in Huntsville, Ontario, he competed for several years against a kid named Bobby Orr, who was playing in nearby Parry Sound. He later returned to the game when he and his family settled in Ottawa, where he worked for the Ottawa Citizen and became the Southam national sports columnist. He still plays old-timers hockey and has been a minor-hockey coach for more than a decade.
MacGregor is the author of several classics in the literature of hockey, including Home Game (written with Ken Dryden) and The Home Team, both national bestsellers, and the game’s best-known novel, The Last Season. Roy MacGregor is a columnist for the Globe and Mail. He lives in Kanata, Ontario.
“The Screech Owls are great reading for the hockey players in your family!” — Wayne Gretzky
“Fast paced, saucy and no hint of sugar.” — Calgary Herald
“Packed with action on the ice and mystery and suspense off the ice.” — Ottawa Citizen
“For kids who love hockey, MacGregor’s series is perfect reading!” — Kingston Whig-Standard