Ramp Rats (Graphic Guide Series)

Overview

Fresh from his adventures in Wild Ride, Marcus is back and helping his cousin, Bounce, learn to skate. Between learning how to ollie and do a 50-50 grind, Bounce and his friends also have to avoid the skate-park goons and take on the outlaw bikers who are terrorizing the small town. Excitement, action and some radical skating tips. Hang on for another wild ride!
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Overview

Fresh from his adventures in Wild Ride, Marcus is back and helping his cousin, Bounce, learn to skate. Between learning how to ollie and do a 50-50 grind, Bounce and his friends also have to avoid the skate-park goons and take on the outlaw bikers who are terrorizing the small town. Excitement, action and some radical skating tips. Hang on for another wild ride!
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Editorial Reviews

Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
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Booklist
"Aside from the action-packed story, great characters, and colorful artwork, this graphic novel adventure includes an array of practical skateboarding tips for beginners."
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"This book is a demonstration of perfect pairing... as Ramp Rats takes two things kids love, skateboarding and graphic novels, and combines them to create a wonderful values story."
Library Media Connection
"A well-written comic book about skateboarding with a fun cast of characters and engaging artwork, with actual skate tips and tricks...interspersed throughout the book, this is the ultimate comic for reluctant readers and skate fans alike!"
CM Magazine
"A graphic novel which uses engaging illustrations, believable dialogue and realistic situations to convey a fun and interesting story...Recommended."
Canadian Teacher Magazine
"Fast paced action in an urban setting will capture the attention of the target audience, keeping them turning the pages as Bounce learns to stand up to someone who has been pushing him around for too long."
NMRLS Youth Services Book Review
"The explanations of how to do each trick are well-integrated into the story...The artwork has a cheery, inviting, Saturday-morning quality to it, and the cast is ethnically diverse without skin colors being an element in the story...Recommended for most graphic novel collections, particularly where skateboarding is popular."
Tucson Unified School District
"Recommended."
The Bookmark - BCTLA
"The concept of this book is both clever and creative. Recommended."
CM Magazine
"A graphic novel which uses engaging illustrations, believable dialogue and realistic situations to convey a fun and interesting story... Recommended."
Children's Literature - Michael Jung
Skateboarder enthusiast Bounce is bummed. Not only do the cops in his town think all skateboarders are delinquents, some local bullies are trying to keep Bounce and his friends from using the only skate park in town. Things take a turn for the better though when Bounce's skateboarding step-brother Marcus comes to town. With Marcus' help, Bounce learns a bunch of new skating tricks that he is sure will help him win a skating championship—and make the bullies let him use the skating park. But when a gang of outlaw bikers start framing skaters for vandalism, Marcus and Bounce realize they have bigger problems. Now they must convince the police of their innocence while taking down the bikers themselves. In addition to the graphic novel's main plot, the story stops at certain points for the characters to offer the reader tips on how to execute certain skating tricks. It is an interesting approach, reminiscent of some Saturday morning cartoons, but while the skaters are not the troublemakers the cops say they are, many of their actions are quite reckless—one character even breaks his leg at the end performing a trick. Even so, the book's message about standing up to bullies is laudable and its skating tips will attract many readers. Reviewer: Michael Jung
School Library Journal

Gr 3-6

In this second installment in the series, Marcus is ready to fight small-town corruption and share his knowledge of skateboarding with his stepbrother Bounce, a scrappy boy who is tired of being pushed around by the local skate-park bullies. While preparing for the big skate showdown against this band of meatheads, Marcus, Bounce, and his friend Pema provide step-by-step instructions on how to execute fancy moves, such as a 50-50 grind and a tailslide. Some of these tutorials verge on being too complicated and abstract for those lacking in actual skate experience. Unlike the wilderness survival skills dispensed in Wild Ride , the first in the series, these skating tips aren't quite as universal or of interest to as wide an audience. Nevertheless, the book's fun, stylish art and underdog story will appeal to many readers.-Lauren Anduri, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
In this second volume of Orca's Graphic Guide Adventures, the how-to topic is skateboarding. Tween Benny must beat local bully Crunch in an upcoming skateboarding contest to save face at the skate park. Meanwhile, he and his friends can't practice, since the entire town is a "no-skate" zone. As the law chases them from parking lot to alley, they teach each other (and the reader) how to do some simple skateboard tricks. In addition to preparing for the contest, Benny is also tracking down a mysterious vandal who is terrorizing local businesses, and there is never any doubt that he will manage to nail both the criminal and the contest. The overt messages ("People say skaters are fearless, but that isn't true . . . Good skaters just face their fears") and predictable ending ensure that this slim graphic novel is unlikely to appeal to most readers over ten, and certainly not a seasoned skater. However, the graphic format and step-by-step instructions on skating technique may draw in reluctant readers or young novice skaters. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551438801
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Graphic Guides Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,014,489
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: GN520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Liam O'Donnell was born in Northern Ireland and came to Canada when he was five years old. He studied media at Ryerson University and has worked on film sets in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. He is the author of the popular Max Finder Mysteries. Liam now teaches elementary school in Toronto. Visit www.liamodonnell.com for more information.

Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels. While he grew up with a love of illustrative storytelling, Capilano College’s Commercial Animation program helped Mike fine-tune his drawing skills and imagination. Mike and his wife, Nancy, currently live on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.deasillustration.com or follow him on Twitter@DeasIllos.

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