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Skateboard Sonar (Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels Series)
     

Skateboard Sonar (Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels Series)

by Eric Stevens
 

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Matty Lyons is a top-notch skateboarder who can do all the coolest tricks. His moves are even more impressive since he's blind. But not everyone is a fan of the talented grinder. During the state's biggest skating competition, former champion Bing Hawtin mocks Matty, saying that a blind kid has no chance to win. But Matty knows something Bing doesn't . . . seeing

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Matty Lyons is a top-notch skateboarder who can do all the coolest tricks. His moves are even more impressive since he's blind. But not everyone is a fan of the talented grinder. During the state's biggest skating competition, former champion Bing Hawtin mocks Matty, saying that a blind kid has no chance to win. But Matty knows something Bing doesn't . . . seeing isn't everything.

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Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
The book opens with a mini biography of each of the characters in the story. Matthew is a blind teenager who is a whiz on the skateboard. He and his friend look forward to Friday nights, because they are allowed to skateboard until dark. That night they also went and signed up for the All-City Skateboarding Contest. Of course when the competition learns Matthew is blind, there is much teasing. Bingley Hawtin is a bully and finds the situation of competing against a blind person very amusing. He tries intimidation, but fails. Matthew has learned to let his ears be his eyes and proves to many that he is just as capable as others when it comes to skateboarding. The big day comes and the contest gets down to Matthew and Bingley. Of course, I cannot tell you any more. What I truly liked is the way the author provides subtle advice on how to handle bullies, and also proves that just because individuals have a handicap, does not mean it should stop them from doing what they love to do. Books written in graphic format are favorites of mine! It is perfect for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on will enjoy the graphics, exhilarating story, and fast-paced text. The full-color graphics make an enormous impact on the story. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—While the content and design will make these titles hard to resist, the stories themselves don't stand out. In Paintball, opposite-in-personality identical twins Peter and Noah are pitted against one another to make the team. Their competition-obsessed father encourages his sons to battle it out. When the tryout begins, the brothers quickly realize that they'd much rather work together. In Skateboard Sonar, Matty is blind but an excellent skateboarder nonetheless, with the confidence to match. When he and his friend Ty enter the local skating competition, Matty is bullied for his disability. This conflict reaches its climax at the competition, where the protagonist beats his tormentors. In both books, the dialogue comes across as inauthentic at times. Designed as though readers were watching sports on television, the books begin with ESPN-like graphics introducing the characters, depicted in stylized, manga-inspired artwork. There's even a "ticker" across the bottom, foreshadowing the story to come. Sure to fly off shelves, but more for style than for memorable storytelling.—Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434249586
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Series:
Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
56
Sales rank:
1,213,275
File size:
19 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Eric Stevens lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is studying to become a middle-school English teacher. Some of his favorite things include pizza, playing video games, watching cooking shows on TV, riding his bike, and trying new restaurants. Some of his least favorite things include olives and shoveling snow.
Gerardo Sandoval is a professional comic book illustrator from Mexico. He has worked on many well-known comics including Tomb Raider books from Top Cow Production. He has also worked on designs for posters and card sets.
Benny Fuentes lives in Villahermosa, Tabasco in Mexico, where the temperature is just as hot as the sauce. He studied graphic design in college, but now he works as a full-time colorist in the comic book and graphic novel industry for companies like Marvel, DC Comics, and Top Cow Productions. He shares his home with two crazy cats, Chelo and Kitty, who act like they own the place.

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