Selling Points: "Surfing, fear, bravery"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2007
Lexile Level: 660
Fry Reading Level: 3.4
Fiction Ages 12+
My mouth was open. I know that because when I did the face-plant into the bottom of the wave, I was gargling salt water, thinking that maybe I was about to die. The wave drove me deep into the water. I flapped my arms around, thinking that going back up to the surface was a good idea.
But it wasn't. At least not then.
I surfaced just in time to open my eyes and see my airborne surfboard eclipsing the morning sun. And aimed straight for my head. Wham.
Ben is determined to learn to surf. In the rough North Atlantic waters near his home, only the tough can make it on the water. His first attempt is a disaster. Then he meets Ray, a surfing veteran from California. Ray promises to teach him to surf—and to face his inner demons. As Ben becomes more comfortable on his board he learns to face his fears and prove that he has what it takes to become a Wave Warrior.
NMRLS Youth Services Book Review - February 1, 2009
"The descriptions of both the setting and the surf action are first rate."
CM Magazine - June 1, 2007
"A brief, engaging tale of a 16-year-old boy who challenges himself and comes out a winner. Recommended."
Resource Links - June 1, 2007
"Cancer, death, the elderly, teen life and conflicts are handled very well in this short novel...a sports novel that is neither too technical nor bogged down in terminology and technique."
CCBC Best Books starred selection, commended
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