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  • My Heart Fills with Happiness
  • Wolf Island

By author: Eric Walters
Selling Points: skateboarding, friendship, risk-taking
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2004
Lexile Level: HL600L
Fry Reading Level: 2.2
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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"All I'm saying is that if you took it down a notch or two, you'd make the jumps and save the injuries."
    "I always makes the jumps," I argued.
    "What are you talking about?"
    "I make the jumps. It's the landings that I'm having trouble with."

Philip lives for skateboarding. School is merely the break between trying to land a difficult jump and outrunning the security guards. When he and his best friend Wally meet a professional skateboarder who videotapes himself for his website, Philip thinks they can do it too—and make money at the same time. When they start getting hits on their website—and making money—they start to feel the pressure to do more and more dangerous stunts.
SouthWestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - January 17, 2005
"I would recommend this to my juniors without reservation. Walters does a nice job of maintaining interest while using a subtle, low-level vocabulary."
Canadian Book Review Annual - January 1, 2005
"Eric Walters creates characters that are believable and multi-dimensional... Highly recommended."
CM Magazine - December 1, 2004
“A well-structured, briskly paced, realistic novel, with more ‘showing’ than ‘telling’ and no moralizing...Grind is a well-written work of literature that subtly shows that a weakness can also be a strength...Recommended.”


CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2005
ALA Popular Paperbacks , long-listed  US  2008


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