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"I always make the jumps. It's the landings that I'm having trouble with."

Phillip lives for skateboarding. School is merely the break between trying to land a difficult jump and outrunning the security guards. When he and his best friend Wally meet a professional skateboarder who videotapes himself for his website, Phillip thinks they can do it too-and make money at the same time. When they start getting hits on their website-and making money-they start to feel the pressure to ...

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"I always make the jumps. It's the landings that I'm having trouble with."

Phillip lives for skateboarding. School is merely the break between trying to land a difficult jump and outrunning the security guards. When he and his best friend Wally meet a professional skateboarder who videotapes himself for his website, Phillip thinks they can do it too-and make money at the same time. When they start getting hits on their website-and making money-they start to feel the pressure to do increasingly dangerous stunts.

Eric Walters is a prolific author and a tireless presenter in schools from coast to coast.

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Editorial Reviews

SouthWestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"I would recommend this to my juniors without reservation. Walters does a nice job of maintaining interest while using a subtle, low-level vocabulary."
Canadian Book Review Annual
"Eric Walters creates characters that are believable and multi-dimensional... Highly recommended."
CM Magazine
“A well-structured, briskly paced, realistic novel, with more ‘showing’ than ‘telling’ and no moralizing...Grind is a well-written work of literature that subtly shows that a weakness can also be a strength...Recommended.”
Orca Soundings books are published for the reluctant YA reader. This one, about a group of teens obsessed with skateboarding, packs a lot of plot into 100 pages. The narrator, Phil, with his best friend Wally, and his ex-girlfriend Lisa, figures out a way to make money by creating a Web site featuring their skateboarding action—they get paid based on the number of hits on the site because they have a corporate sponsor. This means they make more money if their stunts are more daring. This risk-taking ends in disaster for Wally, because he attempts stunts he isn't ready to make. The three also don't wear safety equipment, such as helmets to protect their heads and pads on their knees and elbow. Great cover art. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, Orca Soundings, 100p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Claire Rosser
Children's Literature
Phillip Falcone and his best friend, Walt Waltniski, love to skateboard in the empty school parking lot after school. Being chased by a security guard is the price they have to pay to enjoy their favorite sport. On one occasion they meet Bam Bam Bradley, a famous skateboarder. After he explains profit-making on the Internet, Phillip decides to build a website. With the help of Walt, a classmate named Nevlin builds a website for them. Phillips ex-girlfriend Lisa also skates in order to attract a larger audience. The website quickly makes money for the foursome. But Walt crashes while trying to perform a special trick. Phillip has to make some decisions while visiting his friend in the hospital. Walt encourages him to continue with the website and to work things out with Lisa. 2004, Orca Book Publishers, Ages 10 to 14.
—Debbie West
The Canadian-based Orca Soundings series fulfills the wishes of countless librarians and teachers by providing well-written, relevant stories geared toward lower level readers. These slender books are an easy sell with their colorful, teen-savvy covers and edgy titles. A broad range of topics and viewpoints allow readers plenty of choices for individual reading preferences, as demonstrated by four recent additions. Grind recounts the skateboarding adventures of Phillip and his friends. When the kids watch the famous professional skater Bam Bam Bradley shoot some video footage to use on his Web site, they get the idea of starting their own skateboarding site. Phillip finds himself pushing for better and better video footage, until he is forced to realize that his skateboarding ambition could be hurting his friendships. This story is a little less engaging than some other series books, but it is certainly of interest to skateboarders and their fans. There are eighteen previous books in the series. Most are suitable for middle school through high school readers. There are many reasons why teens find themselves uninterested in reading, but these books are great tools for luring them back. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Orca, 100p., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.
—Diane Emge
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551433172
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Orca Soundings Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 502,605
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Walters began writing in 1993 as a way to entice his grade five students into becoming more interested in reading and writing. At the end of the year, one student suggested that he try to have his story published. Since that first creation, Eric has published nearly seventy novels. His novels have all become bestsellers and have won over eighty awards. Often his stories incorporate themes that reflect his background in education and social work and his commitment to humanitarian and social-justice issues. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 70,000 students per year in schools across the country. Eric is a father of three and lives in Mississauga, Ontario, with his wife Anita and dogs Lola and Winnie. For more information, visit
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"All I'm saying is that if you took it down a notch or two, you'd make the jumps and save the injuries."
    "I always makes the jumps," I argued.
    "What are you talking about?"
    "I make the jumps. It's the landings that I'm having trouble with."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Great Book

    Im not a big reader and loved this book

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  • Posted January 28, 2009

    Awsome book!

    Grind by Eric Walters was a great book. It is about Phillip Falcone who was a skateboarder and wanted to make a web site and make some money. So they found a kid that was so smart that he had free time in school. So when they asked him if he wanted to make it and he said sure. So he started filming his new and only friends. (He was a huge nerd). When they were skating a professional skater came and skated with them. Then right after he left a security guard came so they started skating away then another car came that almost hit him and he jumped up and his skateboard went under the car and he ran over it and the nerd got it all on tape so it was on the website and they got so many hits and sponsors that they started making money off the web site. Then a little later one of the other kids fell and got hurt so he was in the hospital and they were still getting paid. I give this book five out of five stars it is an awesome book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2008

    Good book for teen skateboarders

    In the book 'Grind' it's all about skateboarding. Three skateboarders set off to make money off a website: Phil, Wal, and Lisa. Lisa is Phil's ex-girlfriend. And since Phil is the one starting the website he picked her to be in it so he would have a chance going back out with her. Also, there is Nevin who is the computer geek and making the website and adding Phil's, Wal's, and Lisa's video parts and photos. These four kids do whatever they can to make money off of what they love, skateboarding. This book has a lot of chapters ending out of know where and leaving you questioning. The book is really short. I recommend this book to anyone who likes skating and teenagers. I liked this book a lot because it has a lot of excitement and skateboarding, and it is funny in someways, but there are some parts that confuse me. When I saw it in the libary I didn't think it would be good but it was. I finished it in about 5 days. If you like skating and you like short books then 'Grind' is what you should read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    grind by eric walters

    Grind is a book about a bunch of skateboarders who set out to make money off a website that they create. Overall, it was a good. It had good flow and transitions to different scenes are easy to follow. The only thing about the book that was annoying was the ended. It ended very abruptly and left me guessing too much. It ended like there is going to be a sequel, but none has come out yet. Overall I give a 8 out of ten. Good for ages 12-18.

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