The Screech Owls

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Mystery at Lake Placid is the first book in the series.

The Screech Owls is a series of juvenile fiction novels by Canadian author Roy MacGregor. There are currently 26 titles in the series, all published by McClelland & Stewart.


The series centers around a team of peewee hockey players living in the fictional town of Tamarack, Ontario. Each book, however, incorporates actual events and locations, such as the Quebec Peewee Invitational in Quebec, Canada. and the 1998 Winter Olympics and 2002 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan and Salt Lake City, United States, respectively.

There does not appear to be a clear time line of events in the series. Although MacGregor often refers back to events that occurred in previous books in the series, the static ages of the players and the seemingly never-ending hockey season contradict any definite time line.

The books themselves, all of which are told from the point of view of team captain, Travis Lindsay, provide light action and mystery for the young reader. Terrorists, murderers, kidnappers, ghosts and other improbable anomalies befall the preteen in between, and sometimes during, their hockey games and tournaments.

Awards and recognition[edit]

The Screech Owls Series has won the Our Choice Award and the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award. The series has also been shortlisted for several awards, including the Arthur Ellis Award.

Television show[edit]

Screech Owls aired on YTV from September 1, 2000 to February 1, 2002. It was nominated for Best Children's or Youth Series or Program at the 16th Gemini Awards in 2001. Jonathan Malen was nominated at the Young Artist's Awards.[1]


  1. Mystery at Lake Placid
  2. The Night They Stole the Stanley Cup
  3. The Screech Owls' Northern Adventure
  4. Murder at Hockey Camp
  5. Kidnapped in Sweden
  6. Terror in Florida
  7. The Quebec City Crisis
  8. The Screech Owls' Home Loss
  9. Nightmare in Nagano
  10. Danger in Dinosaur Valley
  11. The Ghost of the Stanley Cup
  12. The West Coast Murders
  13. Sudden Death in New York City
  14. Horror on River Road
  15. Death Down Under
  16. Power Play in Washington
  17. Secret of The Deep Woods
  18. Murder at the Winter Games
  19. Attack on the Tower of London
  20. The Screech Owls' Reunion
  21. Peril at the World's Biggest Hockey Tournament
  22. Trouble at the Top of the World
  23. Face-Off at the Alamo
  24. Panic in Pittsburgh
  25. The Mystery of the Russian Ransom
  26. The Boston Breakout
  27. Reality Check in Detroit


  1. ^ "Screech Owls". Retrieved March 5, 2017. 

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