Snowboard Standoff (Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels Series)

Overview

Isaac Foster is far from cold-hearted, but this talented freestyler is pretty rigid in his ways. He's efficient, calculating, and believes there's a best way to do every trick in the book. Kai Palakiko, on the other hand, is an open-minded former surfer who believes adaptability is key to snowboarding success. But on Isaac's team, you either fall in line, or you fall by the wayside.
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Overview

Isaac Foster is far from cold-hearted, but this talented freestyler is pretty rigid in his ways. He's efficient, calculating, and believes there's a best way to do every trick in the book. Kai Palakiko, on the other hand, is an open-minded former surfer who believes adaptability is key to snowboarding success. But on Isaac's team, you either fall in line, or you fall by the wayside.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Erika Clark
Isaac from team Rogue arrives to compete at the biggest snowboarding competition of the year. But Isaac feels uneasy when one of his teammates is whipped out from an accident and the team welcomes Kai, a former Junior Olympian surfer, to compete in the competition. Convinced that Kai needs to learn the basics, Isaac overlooks Kai's talents and potential to transfer his surfing talents to snowboarding. After Kai fails to stick his final landing from a trick on day one in the competition, Isaac tries again to teach Kai how to land with a different board and in a different environment. With persistence, motivation, and teamwork, Team Rogue accomplishes the unbelievable against Team Alpha on day two of the competition. Ciencin uses punctuation in the dialogue and great onomatopoeias to show the typical sounds that are made in sports, such as snowboarding and surfing. This graphic novel has a lot of potential in the classroom, since the author provides useful discussion questions and writing prompts at the end of the story. For instance, "Do you think Isaac handled Kai's problems well? Are there ways he could've been a better teacher?" Even for pleasure reading, I think this book will attract readers who are into sports and/or who just want to escape from the everyday topics that they may read about in the classroom. Reviewer: Erika Clark
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434234032
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels Series
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 385,730
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Ciencin is a New York Times bestselling author of children’s and adult fiction. He has written comic books, trading cards, video games, television shows, as well as many non-fiction projects. He lives in Sarasota, Florida with his beloved wife, Denise, and his best buddy, Bear, a golden retriever.

Aburtov has worked in the comic book industry for more than 11 years. In that time, he hasillustrated popular characters like Wolverine, Iron Man, Blade, and the Punisher. Recently,Aburtovstarted his own illustration studio called Graphikslava. He lives in Monterrey, Mexico, with his daughter, Ilka, and his beloved wife.Aburtov enjoys spending his sparetime with family and friends.

Fabián Cobos is a graphic designer and illustrator. He worked in Chiapas for a couple of years on independent comic book publications. Nowadays, he lives in Monterrey, Mexico, where he works with his Graphikslava colleagues as a penciler. He loves alternative rock, sketching people in train stations, and reading historical novels. He doesn't like to eat fish.

Fernando Cano is an emerging illustrator born in Mexico City, Mexico. He currently resides in Monterrey, Mexico,where he works as a full-time illustrator and coloristat Graphikslava studio. He has done illustration work for Marvel, DC Comics, and role-playing gameslike Pathfinder from Paizo Publishing. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, singing, rowing, and drawing!

Sergio Martínez was born in Monterrey, Mexico. He studied graphic design at the UANL School of Visual Arts. Sergio has worked as an illustrator, a comic and concept artist for animation, and even as a sculptor. Recently, he joined the Graphikslava team, where he enjoys developing comics for publishers like Stone Arch Books, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, IDW, and many others. He likes to draw. A lot.

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