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Sk8er
     

Sk8er

by Steven Barwin
 

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Jordy Lee and his friends spend all their free time on their skateboards, navigating the crowded streets of Toronto's Kensington Market. They are thrilled when a new skateboarding park opens and offers a youth competition with a rich prize. The talented Alisha might be able to coach Jordy to a win, but what will his friends think about Jordy getting advice from a cute

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Jordy Lee and his friends spend all their free time on their skateboards, navigating the crowded streets of Toronto's Kensington Market. They are thrilled when a new skateboarding park opens and offers a youth competition with a rich prize. The talented Alisha might be able to coach Jordy to a win, but what will his friends think about Jordy getting advice from a cute girl?

Steven Barwin is a novelist, television writer, and teacher. His previous Sports Stories novels, Slam Dunk and Roller Hockey Blues, were both Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice selections. He lives in Toronto, Ontario with his family.

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"This newer Orca Sports series updates many of the traditional sports stories with some solid character development and more ethnic variety."
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"Young people will identify with Jordy's struggles with his parents, his changing loyalties as he becomes attracted to a girl. In addition, they will understand the need to find your own way in life. The characters are very realistic and believable. "
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
For Jordy Lee, the end of the school year is usually a time to begin making plans for summer vacation with his friends. After the new skate park opens at the Community Center, everything changes. He meets Ali at the skate park, and she gives him good advice on how to improve his skating, but when he starts to spend more time with her, his friends force him to choose between Ali and them. Jordy does not hesitate to choose Ali, but when Ali finds out about the break with his friends, Ali breaks up with him as well, and Jordy finally realizes that he has not treated his friends or Ali well. Just before the skating finals at the Community Center, Jordy apologizes to everyone and manages to do well in the final after making up with all of his friends. The story is a typical coming of age story filled with technical skating terms that will be confusing to anyone unfamiliar with skating; that being said, the simple, straightforward story should appeal to teens fond of skating. Reviewer: Danielle Williams

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550289831
Publisher:
Lorimer, James & Company, Limited
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
Lorimer Sports Stories Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Steven Barwin leads a double life as a writer and a teacher. He is the author of a number of sport-themed books, including Orca Sports titles Hardball and Hurricane Heat. He has also written for numerous television shows and contributed to the creation of the NASCAR and World Wrestling DVD board games. Steven lives in Toronto with his family. For more information, visit www.stevenbarwin.com.

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