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  • Written by Roy MacGregor
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The Kindergarten Caper

The Screech Owls Prequel

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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.


Chapter 1

Travis Lindsay looked over at Sarah Cuthbertson, and both of them, at exactly the same time, rolled their eyes toward the ceiling.

How many times – in all the years they had been in the same grade and on the same hockey team – had they shared this same look? And how many times had it involved Wayne Nishikawa – Nish – the Screech Owls’ best defenceman and Travis’s best friend in the world, not to mention the most self-centred, most attention seeking, most self-glorifying twelve-year-old that had ever lived?

The Screech Owls had been invited to take the magnificent trophy they had won at the Bell Capital Cup in Ottawa and show it off to the lower grades at Lord Stanley Public School. They had started the day in Miss Robinson’s kindergarten class. And as he talked to the five-year-olds sitting in their tiny chairs, Nish, as always, was holding court. The little kids’ eyes were big as saucers as Nish explained how he, too, had once sat in this very same kindergarten classroom (before he became one of the greatest stars of the hockey world), and how he had once rescued the little screech owl called Stanley who had inspired the name of the town’s most famous hockey team.

Sarah eased over and whispered in Travis’s ear. “Wouldn’t they just love to hear the real story . . .”

Travis giggled. Would they ever!

As Nish’s story got more and more unbelievable, Travis couldn’t help but think back to the day they had entered this same classroom for the very first time . . .
Roy MacGregor

About Roy MacGregor

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Roy MacGregor is the acclaimed and bestselling author of Home Team: Fathers, Sons and Hockey (shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award); A Life in the Bush (winner of the U.S. Rutstrum Award for Best Wilderness Book and the CAA Award for Biography); and Canadians: A Portrait of a Country and Its People, as well as two novels, Canoe Lake and The Last Season, and the popular Screech Owls mystery series for young readers. A regular columnist at The Globe and Mail since 2002, MacGregor's journalism has garnered four National Magazine Awards and eight National Newspaper Award nominations. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was described in the citation as one of Canada's "most gifted storytellers." He grew up in Huntsville, Ontario, and has kept returning to the Tom Thomson mystery all his writing life. He lives in Kanata.


“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

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