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Children's LiteratureCharlie Abbott, a young boy with a love of skateboarding, moves many times with his parents throughout his lifetime. In this first book in Matt Christopher's "Extreme Team" series, Charlie moves into his eighth house with his parents after his Grandma Beth passed away. On Charlie's first day in his new neighborhood, he makes a friend named Xavier McSweeney who shares Charles's passion for skateboarding. X, Xavier's nickname, takes Charlie down to their town's new skateboarding park. When Charlie and X arrive, they begin skating, and X asks Charlie to switch boards with him for a minute. Charlie is reluctant because his board is nicer than X's, but he decides to go ahead and switch. The next day, Charlie cannot find his skateboard. He suspects X of stealing his board but never really tells him. Finally, X realizes what is bothering Charlie and tells him that it has all been a misunderstanding. X says that he did not steal Charlie's board; he just made his old board look like Charlie's. Charlie's dad threw his board behind some boxes in the garage. The author does a great job of conveying what children go through with their friends. The artist correlates the pictures to the text well. This book comes highly recommended for early readers. Readers with an interest in sports interest also benefit from this book. 2004, Little Brown and Company, Ages 8 to 10.