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Skate Freak
By author: Lesley Choyce
Selling Points: Skateboarding, self-confidence
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2008
Lexile Level: HL510L
Fry Reading Level: 2.9
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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Skateboarding always made me feel in groove, totally chilled and high-wired at the same time. At the skate park, though, I felt none of that. I slapped my board down, kicked for speed and dropped into the middle of the bowl. Way too many people were zigzagging crazy patterns back and forth. It was madness.

I was getting some nasty looks. But I couldn't leave, even though that was what those ugly staring faces said without one word. It was clear I was not liked. Was it the way I looked? Was it my hair? Or was it just me?

Dorf is all about skateboarding and so far that's worked out fine. But now that he's in a new city, the terrain has changed. He's no longer free to skateboard where he wishes, school is more difficult, and his passion for skateboarding garners him the nickname and reputation of a freak. With daring stunts he gains the grudging respect of local troublemakers, but he needs to tap into another kind of courage to effect real change.
Tucson Unified School District - November 1, 2008
"Highly recommended."
Resource Links - October 1, 2008
"Teens with a passion for skateboarding will devour this short, fast-paced novel; Choyce has certainly done his research!"


CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2010


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