Treetop Trauma

Treetop Trauma

by Robin Lawrie, Chris Lawrie

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Written in graphic-novel format.


Written in graphic-novel format.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
The "Ridge Riders" series of books are designed to interest boys in reading by using a combination of elements from traditional novels and graphic novels. While they are extensively illustrated and all spoken words are encapsulated in comic book bubbles, there are also segments of text in traditional paragraphs. The effect is enticing and will not intimidate a reluctant reader. The Ridge Riders are a group of kids who race mountain bikes, and the series focuses on their adventures. The series falls down in attempting to include a girl in the group. She is always singled out in some way that perpetuates a gender stereotype. The series would be more successful if the focus remained on the boys exclusively. In this story, a developer is planning to build twenty houses on a tract of land that includes the group's downhill racing course. The Ridge Riders are very upset, and they decide to have a sit-in to get publicity for their plight. They build a tree house in one of the trees that is to be bulldozed for the new houses. When they call the reporter from the local paper, one of the boys says that they are going to have a hunger strike as well. This is a surprise to the other kids and creates some new problems. Will the Ridge Riders prevail?
School Library Journal

Gr 3�8
These hi/lo graphic novels feature a diverse group of middle school kids who champion ecology and fight property development. In Panic , the Riders try to get signatures for a petition to stop the planned housing that will take over their biking hill. When the developer sets up a paintball tournament, three members of the group participate (the others won't use guns) and a fiasco ensues, yet all ends well as townspeople decide against the developer: "We don't want this paintballing nonsense every weekend." In the second title, the children go on a hunger strike (which they promptly break) and stage a "tree-in." It ends when Andy, who is deaf, falls and lands in a pond in which protected wildlife is discovered; most of the property then becomes a sanctuary. In both books, the dialogue flows like natural speech, color cartoon illustrations enhance the text, and back matter includes discussion questions and writing prompts.
—Bobbee PenningtonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Capstone Press
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Ridge Riders Series
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
370L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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