Sarah's Stars

Brian McFarlane. Season of Surprises
Fenn Publishing  $9.99  ISBN 1-55168-300-8  178 pg.

Reviewed by
Patrick, Age 11

I was afraid the night watchman might have locked up by now,” Max said,” but the front door’s still open.”
They walked down the corridor and were approaching the dressing room when Max put a hand on Marty’s shoulder. “Listen!”
“Sounds like somebody moaning,” Marty whispered. “Maybe an animal got into our dressing room.”
“Or a thief,” Max said quietly. “Let’s find out.”
The brothers shoved open the door and were shocked at what they saw.

The Mitchell brothers are in another season with the hockey club from Indian River. The team is geared up and ready for the chance to get another championship. Before the start, though, Mrs. Gray, the team owner, adds Clarence Clarington-Clarke to the roster. The only problem is he’s a figure skater. They face another problem in Hack Riddell and Ollie Oliver, two imports, who think they’re the best and are too good for Indian River. Max and Marty Mitchell are the Indians’ star players, but not even they can control what happens this season.

Brian MacFarlane wrote this fantastic novel, Season of Surprises. A former commentator for Hockey Night in Canada, he knows his hockey. He has written 50 hockey books, and now writes young-adult fiction, which includes Real Stories from the Rink, and the whole Mitchell Brothers Series. He has author blood, with his dad being the author of the original Hardy Boys books, who wrote under the name, Franklin W. Dixon. He is an awesome author and any hockey fan should read his books, especially this one!

This was the most interesting, exciting, and amazing piece of literature I have ever read. Let me put it this way, if I had to read a book over and over again for the rest of my life, it would be Season of Surprises. Even if you were not the biggest hockey nut in the world I’d recommend this book. This was not just a sports novel; this was action, adventure, and mystery. I could not find one thing I would change about this book; it was just too good. It made me sad, happy, angry, and worried, and that was just the first couple of chapters. This was hands-down the best book I’ve read in a long time; try 11 years! Any age group would simply adore this book, but it’s most appropriate for readers 10-16 years of age.

I give Season of Surprises 6 out of 5 stars!


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