Drop In: Volume One

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Omar Grebes never slows down. When he’s not shredding concrete at Ocean Beach Skate Park, he’s kicking through surf at Imperial Beach or scarfing down fish tacos from the nearest roadside shop. Soon, his wiry six-foot frame and live-or-die lifestyle catch the attention of big-name sponsors. But one of them offers Omar more than he bargained for — a chance to join the mysterious 900 Revolution and claim a piece of history.
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Overview

Omar Grebes never slows down. When he’s not shredding concrete at Ocean Beach Skate Park, he’s kicking through surf at Imperial Beach or scarfing down fish tacos from the nearest roadside shop. Soon, his wiry six-foot frame and live-or-die lifestyle catch the attention of big-name sponsors. But one of them offers Omar more than he bargained for — a chance to join the mysterious 900 Revolution and claim a piece of history.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jennifer M. Miskec
In Tony Hawk's 900 Revolution series, Omar is a beach boy skateboarder from sunny California; Dylan prefers the challenges of city skating in NYC. Amy shreds the mountains of Colorado on her snowboard; Joey rides BMX in the Utah desert. Though these four teenagers are from different locations and walks of life, all four have something in common: They conduct the energy of a magical skateboard. The legend goes that when skateboarder Tony Hawk landed the first ever 900, his dedication and skill imbued his skateboard with a magical energy that caused it to explode into energized bits. When in possession of a fragment, a chosen few can actually channel the energy to take their talents to extreme new levels. Together, the chosen make up a covert group called The Revolution that work to protect the power and keep it away from those who might use the magic to destroy the world. n each of the first volumes of the series, we meet one of the chosen—first Omar in Volume 1, then Dylan in Volume 2, and Amy and Joey in Volumes 3 and 4—along with those who identify and organize the chosen. Each young teen's story is a bit different, with different but equally rich sport and location imagery. The series is clearly directed at an audience who loves fast-paced action stories and extreme sports, but the descriptions are such that non-enthusiasts will not be confused or bored. A quick and action-packed read, this prose and graphic novel hybrid series is a sure thing for reluctant readers. (Tony Hawk's 900 Revolution) Reviewer: Jennifer M. Miskec
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Drop In is more novel than graphic novel, although a 16-page chapter is told entirely in a black-and-white comic-book format. In this first volume in the series, readers learn about a powerful force created when pro skateboarder Tony Hawk performed the first "900" (2.5 revolutions) off a ramp in 1999. Hawk's skateboard, according to the novel, shattered into hundreds of pieces that traveled throughout the world. Those known as "snakes" seek the powerful pieces for evil purposes, while the "owls" want them for good. Omar Grebes, 15, traded his surfboard for a skateboard after losing his father in a surfing accident. Now he wants to skateboard professionally. When filming tricks in hopes of getting noticed, Omar nearly drowns. He resurfaces to find that his friend Tommy has fled the scene, but a beautiful young woman named Neelu offers to get him a new set of clothes. It soon becomes clear that Tommy is not all he once seemed and that Neelu offers new mysteries as well as unexpected answers. Drop In is interesting enough to sustain the interest of reluctant readers, and the format is open and unintimidating, but the cliff-hanger ending means that libraries will need to purchase the next book.—Sarah Knutson, American Canyon Middle School, CA
VOYA - Jennifer M. Miskec
In Tony Hawk's 900 Revolution series, Omar is a beach boy skateboarder from sunny California; Dylan prefers the challenges of city skating in NYC. Amy shreds the mountains of Colorado on her snowboard; Joey rides BMX in the Utah desert. Though these four teenagers are from different locations and walks of life, all four have something in common: They conduct the energy of a magical skateboard. The legend goes that when skateboarder Tony Hawk landed the first ever 900, his dedication and skill imbued his skateboard with a magical energy that caused it to explode into energized bits. When in possession of a fragment, a chosen few can actually channel the energy to take their talents to extreme new levels. Together, the chosen make up a covert group called The Revolution that work to protect the power and keep it away from those who might use the magic to destroy the world. n each of the first volumes of the series, we meet one of the chosen—first Omar in Volume 1, then Dylan in Volume 2, and Amy and Joey in Volumes 3 and 4—along with those who identify and organize the chosen. Each young teen's story is a bit different, with different but equally rich sport and location imagery. The series is clearly directed at an audience who loves fast-paced action stories and extreme sports, but the descriptions are such that non-enthusiasts will not be confused or bored. A quick and action-packed read, this prose and graphic novel hybrid series is a sure thing for reluctant readers. (Tony Hawk's 900 Revolution) Reviewer: Jennifer M. Miskec
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434234513
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Tony Hawk's 900 Revolution Series , #1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 827,699
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author


Donald Lemke works as a children's book editor. He has written dozens of comic books, including the Zinc Alloy series and the adventures of Bike Rider, and many chapter books for DC Comics. Donald lives in Minnesota with his beautiful wife, Amy, and their not-so-golden retriever, Paulie.
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