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Skate Freak

Skate Freak

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by Lesley Choyce
     
 

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Dorf is all about skateboarding and so far that's worked out fine. But now that he's in a new city, the terrain has changed. He's no longer free to skateboard where he wishes, school is more difficult, and his passion for skateboarding garners him the nickname and reputation of a freak. With daring stunts he gains the grudging respect of local troublemakers, but he

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Dorf is all about skateboarding and so far that's worked out fine. But now that he's in a new city, the terrain has changed. He's no longer free to skateboard where he wishes, school is more difficult, and his passion for skateboarding garners him the nickname and reputation of a freak. With daring stunts he gains the grudging respect of local troublemakers, but he needs to tap into another kind of courage to effect real change.

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"Teens with a passion for skateboarding will devour this short, fast-paced novel; Choyce has certainly done his research!"
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"Highly recommended."
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Children's Literature - Phyllis J. Perry
Quinn Dorfman, a skateboard freak, moves from the small and dying community of Willis Harbor after his father is laid off when the fish plant closes, and his mother gives up her poorly paying job as a waitress and move to California to get free training for women to learning how to operate heavy equipment. Quinn enrolls in Jerome Randall High, where he feels like an outcast and does badly in his schoolwork. He immediately seeks out a skate park, since it is only on his skateboard that Quinn has any sense of being in charge of his life. There he meets a bike guy named William Hodge. At first the two seem destined to be enemies, but eventually find a sort of camaraderie in being foolish daredevils together The one bright light in Quinn's life is Jasmine, a girl who is into skating as much as he is. The two strike up a friendship that includes her helping him with schoolwork. Just as Quinn is beginning to feel somewhat comfortable in the new school, his mother announces that she has finished her training and wants them to move out to California to join her. Quinn doesn't want to go and comes up with his own plan for their future. Written in first person, the story has plenty of action. Descriptions of popping ollies on the railing of the church and skating on the ledges at Willis Harbor are especially well drawn. The conclusion feels somewhat rushed, but for the most part, the exciting action of skateboarding will draw in and keep the attention of readers. Reviewer: Phyllis J. Perry

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554690428
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Series:
Orca Currents Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
278,529
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
HL510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Read an Excerpt

Skateboarding always made me feel in groove, totally chilled and high-wired at the same time. At the skate park, though, I felt none of that. I slapped my board down, kicked for speed and dropped into the middle of the bowl. Way too many people were zigzagging crazy patterns back and forth. It was madness.

I was getting some nasty looks. But I couldn't leave, even though that was what those ugly staring faces said without one word. It was clear I was not liked. Was it the way I looked? Was it my hair? Or was it just me?

Meet the Author

Lesley Choyce is a publisher and author of more than sixty books.

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