Trying something new isn't always easy, especially when all one's friends seem to be better at whatever is being tried, but Kenzie doesn't let that get her down. She is a student at the Victory School, a special school for super athletes. Kenzie and her classmates are at Triumph Mountain learning winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. After a dismal failure on her ski's Kenzie is ready to give up but when she meets Zoey, who introduces her to snowboarding things start looking up. Kenzie is normally a gymnast and she finds that her strength and gymnastics skills are a perfect fit on a snowboard and she is a natural on the halfpipe. The last laugh comes when the rest of her classmates get their turn to try snow boarding. The fast pace, short chapters, and colorful Manga style illustrations in the Victory School Superstars books by Sports Illustrated Kids will attract reluctant readers and the glossary in the back helps with vocabulary. There is even information on the sport of snowboarding at the back for readers who would like to learn more. Reviewer: Miranda McClain
Jessica Gunderson grew up in the small town of Washburn, North Dakota. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has written more than fifty books for young readers. Her book Ropes of Revolution won the 2008 Moonbeam Award for best graphic novel. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and cat.
Jorge Santillan got his start illustrating in the children’s sections of local newspapers. He opened his own illustration studio in 2005. His creative team specializes in books, comics, and children magazines. Jorge lives in Mendoza, Argentina, with his wife, Bety, and their four dogs, Fito, Caro, Angie, and Sammy.