Skateboard Struggle

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After Evan's older brother breaks his leg skateboarding, their parents ban skateboarding for the whole family. But Evan loves skateboarding too much to quit. When his grandmother catches him practicing for a competition, Evan knows his secret is out. He has to decide what's more important: doing what he loves or telling his parents the truth.

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After Evan's older brother breaks his leg skateboarding, their parents ban skateboarding for the whole family. But Evan loves skateboarding too much to quit. When his grandmother catches him practicing for a competition, Evan knows his secret is out. He has to decide what's more important: doing what he loves or telling his parents the truth.

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Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Parents really are so unfair! Just because Evan's older brother Chris has broken his leg skateboarding, he is not even allowed to go to the park! Don't they realize what it means to him? They will not even talk about it—and on top of that, his grandmother Narita has come from Japan for what looks like an extended visit. She does not even speak English, and he speaks very little Japanese. One afternoon, his cover is blown—grandma shows up at the park. Evan tries to tell/ask her not to say anything about seeing him but he has to pantomime and gesture what he means, and he cannot be sure that she really understands him. And there is going to be a competition this very Saturday! What is Evan going to do now? He has found that he can go behind his parents' backs, borrowing skateboards and safety equipment from his friend Ryan. Now grandma shows that she really did not understand him—she has bought him a new skateboard: a real beauty, one that he has seen and coveted in the shop window. He manages to keep it hidden under his bed, and when Saturday comes he goes to the park and competes for the first time. He does not win, but he is not disappointed; just being there was enough for him. When he looks around after his last turn, he gets a real shock—his parents, his brother, and his grandmother are all there. Did they see him? What did they think? Well, what do you think happens? The book is aimed at reluctant readers, especially boys, and comes with a glossary of words that could be unfamiliar, questions for discussion, and writing prompts. What is more interesting to me, however, and might make the book appeal to non-reluctant readers, is the use of a few words of Japanese. (RL 3). Recommended. Reviewer: Judy Silverman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434234247
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Jake Maddox Sports Stories Series
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 462,521
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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When Sean Tiffany was growing up, he lived on a small island off the coast of Maine. Every day, from sixth grade until he graduated from high school, he had to take a boat to get to school. When Sean isn't working on his art, he works on a multimedia project called "OilCan Drive," which combines music and art. He has a pet cactus named Jim.

Thomas Kingsley Troupe has written more than 30 children's books. His book Legend of the Werewolf (Picture Window Books, 2011) received a bronze medal for the Moonbeam Children's Book Award. Thomas lives in Woodbury, Minnesota with his wife and two young boys.

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