Ever since legendary hockey broadcaster Foster Hewitt’s “He shoots, he scores!” Canadian kids have been lacing up their skates, grabbing their hockey gear and heading out to the rink to see what they can do. Caraway Kim’s quest in The Adventures of Caraway Kim … Right Wing is to become the top goal scorer on his hockey team. He is highly motivated, skilled but not the rough and tumble kind of hockey player who dominates the ice. And, of course, there is such a player on his team – Bradley Rooks – a bigger, stronger, older rival who seems to dominate play and the puck and seems certain to take the crown. What Brandley Rooks doesn’t know is that Kim is truly a student of the game and when the curved stick becomes the latest innovation in hockey, Kim adopts “the secret weapon” revolutionizing the game.
The on-ice and off-ice action of boys is everything we have come to expect from a Truckey novel. The rivalries, humour, and dialogue ring as true as the sound of a puck off a goal post. And it’s not just that Kim’s curved stick gives him a advantage that allows him to compete with his tough and delinquent team-mate, Brad, it’s his genuine love of the game that gives him the championship edge.