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 . . .
Excerpted from The Kindergarten Caper by Roy MacGregor. Copyright © 2008 by Roy MacGregor. Excerpted by permission of Screech Owls, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.