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White Lightning
     

White Lightning

by Robin Lawrie, Chris Lawrie
 

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Someone has smashed the Ridge Riders' practice jumps, and they suspect Fiona and her horse-riding friends. On the day of the last race in the Westridge Super Series, the boys are so mean to Fiona that she leaves the race. Then, Slam gets a flat tire and has to race back home to get his spare, and he only has 50 minutes! When the bridge gets washed out, how will he

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Someone has smashed the Ridge Riders' practice jumps, and they suspect Fiona and her horse-riding friends. On the day of the last race in the Westridge Super Series, the boys are so mean to Fiona that she leaves the race. Then, Slam gets a flat tire and has to race back home to get his spare, and he only has 50 minutes! When the bridge gets washed out, how will he ever make it back to finish the race? Realistic Fiction.

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Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
In this latest addition to the "Ride Riders" series, the kids must share their bike path with the local horse riders. The practice jumps the kids built on the path created problems for the horse riders. Fiona is blamed for the jumps being destroyed and is ostracized by her friends. The big bike race that day is plagued with very heavy rains. Slam damages his bike loading it on the transportation trailer and tries to run back to town to get a new wheel. Fiona manages to show up on her horse at just the right time to save the day for her friend. The "Ridge Riders" series of books combine elements from traditional novels and graphic novels, including extensively illustrations, comic book bubbles for all words, and segments of text in traditional paragraphs. The effect is enticing and not intimidating for a reluctant reader. The major flaw of the series is the attempt to include a girl in the group. Fiona is always singled out in some way that perpetuates a gender stereotype. The series would be more successful if the focus remained exclusively on the boys.
School Library Journal

Gr 2-6
Combining the appeal of a graphic novel and the readability of an easy reader, the Lawries have created an engaging series for struggling readers. "Slam" Duncan and his friends, downhill mountain-bike racers, star in these fast-paced stories. In Cheat Challenge , Slam accidentally stumbles on the map to a new racecourse. While he keeps the information secret from the other Ridge Riders to prevent cheating, their practice sessions on the wrong course put them in danger and Slam in a quandary. In Fear 3.1 , the protagonist must conquer his fear of heights to save a friend. Similarly, he races to save the day once again in Snow Bored . Finally, in White Lightning , it's Slam's turn to be rescued by one of the Ridge Riders just in time for the big race. All four titles have full-color illustrations that are less graphic than the "graphic novel" stamp on the cover implies, but speech bubbles and sound-effect bursts help to blur the line. The action-driven narratives zip along like a downhill racecourse despite flat characterizations. Endings are vague and may leave less-experienced readers wondering if there is a page missing at the end. A glossary, a kid-safe Internet site, discussion questions, and writing prompts provide support for low-level readers but also give the books a distinct "school" feel." Despite the series limitations, kids will clamor for more.
—H. H. HendersonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598893502
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Series:
Ridge Riders Series
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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