When it comes to downhill skiing, speed is everything, right? When Danny Gohl, the fastest kid in Victory school, gets an opportunity to learn the sport from former Olympian gold medalist Ace Faraday, Danny is convinced he will blow everyone away with his skills. However, on his first few runs down Triumph Mountain, Danny discovers that he will need more than speed to stay on his feet. He experiences further embarrassment and frustration as his twin sister outshines him on the slopes. Just as Danny feels he is getting into a groove, he wipes out with a force that makes his head spin. Nervous and discouraged, Danny skips practice the next day and considers giving up the sport altogether. After Ace assures the boy of his potential and shares stories of failures that the coach himself has had to overcome, Danny is reminded that he is not a quitter, he is a conqueror! As Danny sails over the snow, he learns that overcoming his fear and doubt is an amazing feeling. This inspiring story from the "Sports Illustrated Kids—Victory School Superstars" series takes readers on a journey into the mind and emotions of a character with whom they will find it easy to identify. Santillan's drawings are colorful, and capture the mood of the story in all of its "ups and downs." Readers will not only learn an important life lesson from this fiction book, but will also be introduced to the names and uses of various pieces of equipment needed for downhill skiing. A time line at the end details important moments in the sport, complete with photographs of important people and events. Children will enjoy cheering Danny on to success in this well-paced story. Reviewer: Rachelle Andrade
Born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, Scott Nickel works by day at Paws, inc., Jim Davis's famous Garfield studio, and he freelances by night. Burning the midnight oil, Scott has created hundreds of humorous greeting cards and written several children's books, short fiction for "Boys' Life" magazine, comic strips, and lots of really funny knock-knock jokes. He was raised in southern California, but in 1995 Scott moved to Indiana, where he currently lives with his wife, two sons, six cats, and several sea monkeys.
Jorge Santillan got his start illustrating in the children’s sections of local newspapers. He opened his own illustration studio in 2005. His creative team specializes in books, comics, and children magazines. Jorge lives in Mendoza, Argentina, with his wife, Bety, and their four dogs, Fito, Caro, Angie, and Sammy.