Summer has come early to the town of Drumheller, Alberta. The Screech Owls were expecting deep winter – just like back home – but when they arrive for the annual Dinosaur Pee Wee Tournament, they find a warm chinook has blown the winter cold away.Drumheller is the “Dinosaur Capital of Canada,” home of the fierce Albertosaurus – cousin to Tyrannosaurus rex – whose ancient bSummer has come early to the town of Drumheller, Alberta. The Screech Owls were expecting deep winter – just like back home – but when they arrive for the annual Dinosaur Pee Wee Tournament, they find a warm chinook has blown the winter cold away.Drumheller is the “Dinosaur Capital of Canada,” home of the fierce Albertosaurus – cousin to Tyrannosaurus rex – whose ancient bones were discovered here more than one hundred years ago. It’s also the home of sports psychologist Kelly Block, whose weird ideas on how to build a better “team” threaten to pull the Screech Owls apart.But nothing is as weird as what happens to Nish and the others in Dinosaur Valley. When Nish returns from mountain biking, he claims he almost became breakfast for a living, breathing Albertosaurus! Of course his friends don’t believe him, but when Travis, Sarah, and their teammates go for their own ride in the hills, they come back with a monstrous story that makes international headlines.Danger in Dinosaur Valley is the tenth book in the Screech Owls Series.Check out the Screech Owls’ website at www.screechowls.com...
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Danger in Dinosaur Valley Reviews
Book 10 of the Screech Owls series opens with the protagonist, Travis Lindsey (Your Captain of the Screech Owls peewee hockey team) being grilled in a lie detector test by two Canadian Mounties. Turns out, he and some other Owls saw a dinosaur, and people think they were making up the story in order to cause a sensation. However, the lie detector test shows that he is not lying (or, better, that he believes what he is saying--there is a difference here...). With this start, the tenth Screech Owls story gets off to an interesting start. Always grab your readers' attention, as an advisor of mine once said (well, he used a different term for a part of the anatomy that is not polite to mention in public posts, so I went with attention...), and this opening certainly did. The rest of the story was fairly well crafted, as well.The Owls head out to Calgary, Alberta, to the Drumheller tournament, where they also get to stay at a training park run by sport psychologist Kelly Block and tour the badlands where there are dinosaur skeletons. Their trainer, Mr. Dillinger, drove their bus from Ontario to Alberta (for those of you who do not know Canadian geography, this is roughly the distance from Michigan to North Dakota) to be able to drive them around; their coach, Muck Munro, was not able to get off work to travel to the summer tourney, but they had an assistant coach with them. Well, from the beginning things start to sour. The sport psychologist believes that players are in the wrong positions and works to develop "team chemistry" by moving the kids around. With disastrous results. Then, they see the dinosaur and everything goes nuts. A little sleuthing by wheelchair-bound Data, and the mystery is solved. But, is it in time to turn the team's fortunes around in the tournament?I liked the story. Mr. MacGregor is taking some chances with his storytelling. The tales still come out a bit formulaic, but he is shifting some things around. Of course, leaving the coach out of the story allows him, in later ones, to mention how valuable Muck's approach to the game is. I also get the sense that Mr. MacGregor likes his hockey old fashioned. That is, nice solid passing, checking, and shooting, with none of the showmanship that you sometimes get from the players nowadays. And, I could tell that he has no use for sport psychologists. It seems to me that the opinions voiced by the kids would be echoed out of his own mouth. And that is, sport psychologists only think they know the game, and their interventions often interfere with the players' abilities to play the games. That was a bit difficult to read, since he, basically, is taking a shot at some of what I do for a living, but I have to admit that there are a number of people in my profession who act like Kelly Block did. So if the shoe fits... And, hey, if I'm getting worked up over a story, he must be doing something right.
These are great chapter books for kids who like Hockey!! What fun books with mysteries that are appropriate for kids 9 and up!Each book has a an exciting hockey game and a mystery to solve. The characters in the books are very relateable for kids of this age and engaging. I love that their are both boys and girls on the team and they all contribute!The stories also contain lessons on teamwork, sportsmanship and friendship! Terrific lessons for all kids!There are a few times when I thought the content was a bit off for the age, but then when you compare it to modern video games, movies and tv shows, it was mild. Kids today are ages ahead of their past counterparts and these books reflect that.Hockey fans will find a lot to love here. The play-by-play is really fun to read even for non-sporties like myself.Cover Art - Eye catching and easy to tell the theme of the books.Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge through NetGalley for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.
While in Alberta the team goes mountain biking in Dinosaur Valley and come back claiming to have been chased by an Albertosaurus. The story makes headlines and nobody believes them.