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Timberwolf Rivals

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Johnny Maverick and his friends Tom and Stu want to win the prizes donated for their hockey team's Valentine's Day dance fundraiser. Whoever wins the dance contest takes home all the prizes, one of which is a graphite hockey stick. When the boys learn that Connie, the new girl in Howling, is a great dancer, they each want her as their dance partner. But they don't think about asking her to go with them until it's too late. And as usual, things don't turn out as planned for Johnny and his friends.
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Timberwolf Rivals Sigmund Brouwer Timberwolf Rivals
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Text copyright ©2009Sigmund Brouwer Illustrations copyright ©2009Graham Ross All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Brouwer, Sigmund, 1959
Timberwolf rivals / Sigmund Brouwer ; illustrated by Graham Ross. (Howling Timber Wolves )
(Orca echoes) ISBN 9781554691074
I. Ross, Graham, 1962 II. Title. III. Series. IV. Series: Orca echoes
PS8553.R68467T5473 2009 jC813’.54 C2009904580X
First published in the United States,2009Library of Congress Control Number:2009932872
Summary: In this seventh book in the Timberwolves series, Johnny Maverick and his friends Tom and Stu pull more pranks on each other in an attempt to win the prizes at the Valentine’s Day dance contest.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit. Typesetting by Teresa Bubela Cover artwork and interior illustrations by Graham Ross Author photo by Bill Bilsley
Orca Book Publishers PO Box 5626, Stn. B Victoria, BCCanadaV8R 6S4
Orca Book Publishers PO Box 468 Custer, WA USA 982400468
www.orcabook.com Printed and bound in Canada. 12 11 10 09 • 4 3 2 1
Chapter One The New Girl
“Look,” Tom Morgan said to is friends Jonny Maverick and Stu Duncan. All tree boys played for te Howling Timberwolves ockey team. “here’s te new girl.” It was a cold winter day. he boys stood near te flagpole on te scool playground at recess. “I ear se’s a good dancer,” Jonny said. Stu didn’t say anyting. He was eating a sandwic wit is mitts on. He ate a lot of sandwices, wit and witout is mitts on. “You tink se’s cute,” Tom said. “Do not,” Jonny said. “No way! Yuck. Girls.”
he new girl’s name was Connie. Se couldn’t ear te boys talking, but se saw tem looking at er. Se smiled. It was a very friendly smile. Jonny’s face turned red wen se smiled at tem. He kicked some snow. “Se’s a good dancer,” Jonny said. “And te Howling Timberwolves fundraiser is next week.” “Do you mean te Valentine’s Day dance contest?” Tom asked. “Yes. I want to win te grand prize,” Jonny said. “Even if it means going to a dance wit a girl.he grand prize is a grapite ockey stick. Plus ten free dinners at te restaurant, and a bunc of oter stuff too.” Jonny didn’t ave to explain wic restaurant. Te town of Howling was small. It only ad one restaurant. “Free dinners?” Stu asked. “Tenfree dinners?Ten?” “Every business in town as donated someting towa rd t e gra nd prize,” Jo nny expl a ined .
“It’s mostly parents tat enter te dance contest.But I bet if someone danced wit Connie, tey would win.” Tenfree dinners?” Stu said again. Connie still couldn’t ear tem talking. But se smiled at tem again. Tat’s wen Tom began to climb te flagpole.A rope ran up to te flag at te top. Tom pulled imself up te pole wit te rope. “Wat are you doing?” Jonny asked. “I need Connie to be my dance partner,” Tom said. He was almost alfway up te flagpole. “I’m an atlete. I know ow to get a girl’s attention.” He kept climbing. It wasn’t long before te students on te playground stopped wat tey were doing. Everybody gatered around te flagpole. Connie was tere too. Tom reaced te top of te flagpole. He eld on to te metal ball at te top wit one and. He looked down and grinned at Connie and waved.
Se smiled back at im. Everyone clapped. Se did too. he bell rang and recess ended. he students began to walk toward te scool. “Wait for me!” Tom yelled. he students stopped and turned to look back up at im. Tom slid down te flagpole as fast as e could. He forgot about te part of te flagpole, near te bottom, were te rope wrapped around a metal cleat. he cleat stuck out on one side of te flagpole. Tom smacked into te cleat at full speed. All boys know itting someting like tat, especially wile sliding down a pole, is not good. Tom’s eyes opened wide. His face looked like a balloon tat was losing air fast. He fell off te flagpole, curled into a ball and groaned. “Wow,” Jonny said to Stu, “e really does know ow to get a girl’s attention.”
Chapter Two The Tea Potty
“Tanks for coming wit me,” Eldridge said to Jonny and Stu. Eldridge played on te Howling Timberwolves ockey team wit Jonny and Stu. After scool, te boys walked to Connie’s ouse togeter. “Connie asked me to elp er wit er computer,” said Eldridge, “but I’m too sy to go to er ouse by myself.” “No problem,” Jonny said to Eldridge. “We ave plenty of time before our ockey game tonigt. Besides, I’m your friend. I’m glad to elp.” “hat’s not quite true,” Stu told Eldridge. “Jonny’s ere because e wants Connie to be is dance partner at te Valentine’s fundraiser.”