In the first book of the promising Wolfbay Wings series, Dixon Woods is new to hockey and new to the Wings, last year's regional champs. But their old coach has left and taken the best players, without whom the remaining team members are in over their heads. Although he is blessed with good hockey sense, devotion, and an easygoing disposition, Dixon has a lot to learn. Brooks (Asylum for Nightface, 1996, etc.) delivers a live-wire sports story, with snappy kid-cool dialogue and humor that ring completely tree. His knowledge and love of the sport, in all its thrilling complexity, and his respect for his audience and athletes, come through on every page; the novel is filled with hockey jargon, but is still accessible to those who are not fanatics. Wit and intelligence run as undercurrents to the game action, with a surprising ending that will have readers wild for the next installment.