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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Jay Versus the Saxophone of Doom

by (author) Kara Kootstra

illustrated by Kim Smith

afterword by Bobby Orr

Tundra Book Group
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
Humorous Stories, Hockey, Music
Recommended Age
8 to 12
Recommended Grade
3 to 7
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
    List Price

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Who knew grade six music could be so scary? For kids who love The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Dork Diaries comes a hilarious new entry into funny middle-grade novels.

Jay Roberts loves hockey. He's good at it. He also loves his hockey hero, Bobby Orr, considered a legend by Jay's grandfather. In fact, even though they may bicker, when it comes to the Bruins, the whole family agrees that they are the team to root for.
When it comes to hockey, Jay's a team player, but there's one person who seems determined to make life hard for Jay: his classmate and fellow team member, Mick Bartlet. It's a good thing Jay can usually stickhandle his way out of his bullying. But something else is determined to make Jay's life difficult, something far harder for Jay to play: the saxophone.

Sixth grade just became a whole lot more challenging ...

About the authors

Kara Kootstra's profile page

Kim Smith lives in Calgary, Alberta. This is her first children's book. When not illustrating for children, Kim illustrates comics. Her illustrations have been featured in advertising as well as in two comic collections, The Anthology Project and The Anthology Project, Volume Two. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2008 with a Bachelor of Design specializing in character design.

Kim Smith's profile page

Bobby Orr's profile page


  • Nominated, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR Jay Versus the Saxaphone of Doom:

"[T]his story has the buoyancy of a life preserver, and humor’s sprinkled around like salt on an icy sidewalk." --Kirkus Reviews
"Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Dork Diaries will enjoy this story of grade six gone awry as experienced by the funny and endearing Jay Roberts." --CM Magazine

"This is a very funny, exciting book . . ." --Owl Kids Magazine

PRAISE FOR The Boy in Number Four:

"This picture book will inspire children in grades K - 3 about the strength, the determination and commitment it takes to make a dream come true. Highly recommended for classrooms, biography discussions, beginning research on a famous person, discussions of character and goal setting." --Resource Links

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