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:
318,877
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
HL510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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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 the award-winning author of dozens of books of literary fiction, short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction and young adult novels. For more information, visit www.lesleychoyce.com.

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Skate Freak 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
When Quinn's mom decided to head west to attend a training school to become a heavy equipment operator, she left Quinn and his dad behind. Without a job to support them, Quinn's dad announced that the two of them would be leaving their little seaside town, as well. Now, Quinn is living in the city and he hates it. He has already been targeted by the punks at school who call him a Freak. The one place he feels comfortable is on his skateboard, but even then he is harassed when he shows up at the skate park. Skating is Quinn's release. When the skate park is filled with little kids and annoying teens, Quinn heads for the streets. The city has a lot to offer in the way of illegal skating entertainment, but there are also more cops around to stop him from riding in off-limit public places. One cop catches him riding the railing of a church and stops to give him some grief. Instead of hauling him in for destruction of property, the cop takes Quinn's board and tells him he'll need to bring a parent with him to pick it up at the station. Quinn's dad isn't terribly upset when he drives Quinn to the police station. In fact, the trip nets Dad a job replacing the station's janitor, who recently quit. Having a job is a good thing for Quinn's dad, but it also means less of a chance of them leaving the city and returning to Quinn's hometown. There is one bright spot in Quinn's life - Jasmine. When he sees her sticking her skateboard in her locker at school, he wants desperately to talk to her, but talking to girls has never been his strength. Fortunately, he bumps into her one Sunday morning at the skate park. They hit it off and begin meeting on Sunday mornings when the park is deserted. She even starts to help him with his school work enough that his grades begin to improve. Things seem to be working out for once, but of course, that doesn't last long. Author Lesley Choyce has written sixty-eight books. SKATE FREAK is one in the Orca Currents series and is written with the reluctant reader in mind. Barely over 100 pages, it offers a high-interest story at an easy reading level. I had to sneak it out of my classroom to get a chance to read it.