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Two Foot Punch

Two Foot Punch

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by Anita Daher
     
 

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Nikki blames her brother, Derek, for their parents' death in a house fire, but when Derek gets involved with a gang, Nikki knows she is the only one who can save him. Enlisting the help of a girl named Rain, who uses her athletic abilities to carry out acts of petty thievery, Nikki uses all her gymnastic and free-running skills to stay ahead of the gang and keep

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Nikki blames her brother, Derek, for their parents' death in a house fire, but when Derek gets involved with a gang, Nikki knows she is the only one who can save him. Enlisting the help of a girl named Rain, who uses her athletic abilities to carry out acts of petty thievery, Nikki uses all her gymnastic and free-running skills to stay ahead of the gang and keep her brother from being killed.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"A light and easy read which deserves a space on library or classroom shelves. Highly Recommended."
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"This book is lots of fun to read....The story promotes physical activity and the value of family."
Children's Literature - Naomi Williamson
Nikki finds herself living in a new city with her aunt, who is a judge. Nikki's brother has basically tuned out both Nikki and their aunt, leaving Nikki struggling to deal with the death of their parents as well as a new home. Without friends in Winnipeg, Nikki feels that she is wandering aimlessly without a support group that she so badly needs. This support group is her friends in the sport of parkour, which is Nikki's true love . In her words, "Parkour is about movement. It's about making anything in my path a part of my run. It's about overcoming obstacles by moving over or through them. Parkour is an attitude. Above all it's about being free." (p. 2) Readers will find that this book is a worthwhile introduction into the sport of parkour. As Nikki begins to find her place and make friends, she discovers that her brother is in serious trouble and she is the one to help him. The additional elements of mystery and excitement make it more than just a book about a sport. It also deals with judging people by their outer image before you get to know the inner person. Easy to read, it will be encouraging for reluctant readers who are daunted by more challenging books. Reviewer: Naomi Williamson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551438764
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Series:
Orca Sports Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
HL570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 18 Years

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Parkour is about movement, it's about making anything and everything in my path a part of my run. It's about overcoming obstacles by moving over or through them. Parkour is an attitude. Above all it's about being free.

At least, that's what Derek used to say.

Meet the Author

Anita Daher draws writing inspiration from the many places she's been blessed to spend time which include Summerside, PEI; Yellowknife, NT; Churchill, MB; Baker Lake, NU and Sault Ste. Marie, ON. She's been entrenched in the book publishing industry for several years writing books, articles and reviews, leading workshops and presentations, and has worked on the publishing end of things as a marketing director. Previous occupations include flight service specialist, radio broadcaster, lunch truck driver, and grave-plot salesperson. She likes writing best, as she never has to take off her slippers, can wear a funny hat, and can hold conversations with the statues and stuffies that keep her company.

Anita holds memberships in The Writers' Union of Canada, The Canadian Children's Book Center, The Manitoba Writers' Guild, The Saskatchewan Writers Guild, and was a founding member of the Territorial Writers Association. When she's not writing, she likes to spend time baking, playing her guitar (badly), and turning her backyard garden into a haven for neighbourhood bunnies. Anita currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with her husband, two daughters, a basset hound, and a Westfalia camper van named Mae.

Books with Orca: Flight From Big Tangle (2002), Flight From Bear Canyon (2004), Racing For Diamonds (April, 2007), Poachers in the Pingos (2008), On the Trail of the Bushman (2009).

For information on school presentations and workshops visit Anita's website: http://www.anitadaher.com.

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