Skate Freakby Lesley Choyce
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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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?
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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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.