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Ramp Rats
A Graphic Guide Adventure
By author: Liam O'Donnell   Illustrated by: Mike Deas
Selling Points: "Graphic novel, skateboarding, bullies"
ISBN: 9781551438801
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2008
Lexile Level: GN520L
Pages: 64
Graphic Novel 8-12
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $9.95
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Fresh from his adventures in Wild Ride, Marcus is back and helping his cousin, Bounce, learn to skate. Between learning how to ollie and do a 50-50 grind, Bounce and his friends also have to avoid the skate-park goons and take on the outlaw bikers who are terrorizing the small town. Excitement, action and some radical skating tips. Hang on for another wild ride!
Library Media Connection - August 1, 2009
"A well-written comic book about skateboarding with a fun cast of characters and engaging artwork, with actual skate tips and tricks...interspersed throughout the book, this is the ultimate comic for reluctant readers and skate fans alike!"
School Library Journal - March 1, 2009
"The book's fun, stylish art and underdog story will appeal to many readers."
The Bookmark - BCTLA - February 1, 2009
"The concept of this book is both clever and creative. Recommended."
NMRLS Youth Services Book Review - January 26, 2009
"The explanations of how to do each trick are well-integrated into the story...The artwork has a cheery, inviting, Saturday-morning quality to it, and the cast is ethnically diverse without skin colors being an element in the story...Recommended for most graphic novel collections, particularly where skateboarding is popular."
Tucson Unified School District - January 1, 2009
"Recommended."
Canadian Teacher Magazine - January 1, 2009
"Fast paced action in an urban setting will capture the attention of the target audience, keeping them turning the pages as Bounce learns to stand up to someone who has been pushing him around for too long."
Resource Links - December 1, 2008
"This book is a demonstration of perfect pairing... as Ramp Rats takes two things kids love, skateboarding and graphic novels, and combines them to create a wonderful values story."
CM Magazine - September 1, 2008
"A graphic novel which uses engaging illustrations, believable dialogue and realistic situations to convey a fun and interesting story...Recommended."
Booklist - September 1, 2008
"Aside from the action-packed story, great characters, and colorful artwork, this graphic novel adventure includes an array of practical skateboarding tips for beginners."

Awards

Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2008
Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2009
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2010
Junior Library Guild Selection, commended  US  2008
A Parent's Guide to the Best Kids' Comic selection, commended  US  2012


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