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A Boy Called Twister (Urban Underground #3)

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Set in contemporary urban America, the Urban Underground series is about a group of teens attending Tubman High. The high school years are important to our intellectual and emotional development. Teens are faced with many obstacles, both imagined and in real life. Finding stories that speak to their struggles can help guide them and build the foundation for the future. The ...more
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Viviana Martinez
Jan 05, 2012 Viviana Martinez rated it really liked it
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Set in contemporary urban America, the Urban Underground series is about a group of teens attending Tub man High. The high school years are important to our intellectual and emotional development. Teens are faced with many obstacles, both imagined and in real life. Finding stories that speak to their struggles can help guide them and build the foundation for the future. The American teen experience at Tub man is typical as students deal with trust, loyalty, friendship, unemployment, urban decay, ...more
Zandra
Jan 26, 2012 Zandra rated it liked it
Kevin Walker, the new kid at Tubman High School, is determined to remain a loner so that other students won’t ask him too many questions. He’s scared of how his classmates will react if they find out his family secrets. He doesn’t want to be judge or treated differently. To ease the burden he carries, he likes to run. It helps him to blow off steam. Once others notice how awesome a runner he is, he’s asked to join the track team. He immediately has a huge impact on the team, helping them to fina ...more
Mardochee Bellevue
Mar 10, 2016 Mardochee Bellevue rated it really liked it
“She was always in his heart and on his mind, and somehow, before he made a terrible mistake, she had gotten through to him.” Kevin Walker has just moved from Texas to California with his grandparents. Now in a new school, Kevin has to watch out for Marko, the bully. Some of the secrets in Kevin’s past he does not want the kids to know about, but it proves to be difficult when Tyron, Marko’s messenger, tries to fish out information from Kevin’s grandpa. Anne Schraff’s A Boy Called Twister entert ...more
Ramal Hairston
Mar 18, 2015 Ramal Hairston rated it it was amazing
My name is Ramal Hairston. I recently read the book "A Boy Called Twister" by Anne Schraff. This book is about a boy named Kevin Walker who has just recently moved to a new school.. Tubman High. Kevin makes new friends quite easily, but he figures that this is only because they don't know about his short fuse and his or his father's past. He didn't want anyone asking about his life in Texas. He just wanted to keep a low profile and get through school. But he has a gift. He runs incredibly fast. ...more
Joselyn Moreno
Feb 28, 2014 Joselyn Moreno rated it liked it
In this book A Boy Called Twister, Kevin Walker used to live in Texas but then moved becuase he had a problem their.He moved to Harriet Tubman Senior High School where he tended to be a loner, he wouldnt talk to nobody because he didnt want anyone to ask him so many questions and end up finding out about his family secrets , hes scared that his classmates may judge him or treat him any different.To ease the burden that he carries, he likes to run. It helps him to blow off steam. Once others noti ...more
Sam Harrison
May 13, 2015 Sam Harrison rated it liked it
Sounded really good on the back cover. Once you hear the main character, Kevin Walker, back story. You pretty much know the whole story. I liked his backstory. His mother dying and his father an ex boxer. However, I felt their were too many characters. A lot of Kevin's friends felt undeveloped. The main (and really the only) antagonist in the story, Marko Lane, was a little underdeveloped as well. The story was filled with cliché's and the whole "good guys always win." No risks were taken and it ...more
Ethan Schafer
Feb 26, 2016 Ethan Schafer rated it it was amazing
A Boy Called Twister is the perfect book for teenage boys because it deals with bullying, sports, girls, and drama. The main character is a high school student that juggles sports in one hand and people & drama in the other. I can completely relate to this because I am a high school student myself, so it was very interesting to read. Another reason I enjoyed reading this book was that the author had a great character development and plot. It was interesting to learn about each character and ...more
Armand
Jan 15, 2012 Armand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning: Plot Spoilers and Discussion Follow Below

Setting: This book takes place in a small town in Texas.

Protagonist: The protagonist in this story is Kevin Walker. He moved to Texas with his grandparents after his mom died and his father died in prison during a riot. He loved staying with his grandparents but he hate going to his new school. But that all changed after he joined the track team and met Carissa. After he met them everything changed he became popular at school and mostly everybo
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Jake L
Jan 21, 2013 Jake L rated it it was amazing
I have just finished reading a very good book by Anne Schraff called A Boy Called Twister. It was a very good read and it kept me engaged and interested throughout the whole story. The main character in the story, Kevin Walker, is a very relatable character for some and faced problems most people have faced. Also Schraff used good description in her writing to help the reader visualize the scene. Emotion was a key factor in this book, it helped the reader understand what the characters were goin ...more
Mackenzie H
I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

PLOT SUMMERY- Kevin is a new kid at school with a dark and sad past. He is bullied by another kid. Kevin joins track because he likes running. He makes one close friend and tells her about his secret past, but she betrays him. Rumors spread and Kevin makes one bold, brave move, that stops all of the drama and ends the bullies reins.

Characters-
Carrissa- player, overly-attached, clingy, cheerful, girly, cheerful
Kevin Walker- adopted, scared, secretive, lonely, sti
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Chris Nobles
Dec 13, 2013 Chris Nobles rated it it was amazing
The story took place in California at Tubman High. The main Characters were Kevin aka Twister(the protagonist), Marko(the antagonist, and Carrisa. The minor characters were Grandma, Grandpa, Alonee, Sami, Tyron, Matson, and Trevor.

I really liked the book. It was very moving.I was intrigued the whole time i was reading it because it touched on things that could be going on around you that you might not think of or pay any attention to.

The story was about a guy name Kevin, a quite respectful young
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Krista Stevens
This boy has been recommended for struggling/reluctant readers, so it was a must read for me.

Kevin, a high school student who has just moved to California after his mother's death, is compelling. He learns to navigate his new school and a bully all while working to control his anger issues. Running track (lots of great details and suspense) keeps him focused.

Great adult figures - strong friends. Some of the dialogue seemed forced, but otherwise a good book.
Zori De Vara Holgate
There is some depth to this story you don't see very often. It's a simple book made for the younger generations. The message is identifiable and bring a positivity to any situation, as long as you have friends, self-control, and strength. Not thing everyone is born with but with practice, easily achievable.

Great read, I like these Urban Underground novels, I may purchase them for my son :)
Jo Sorrell
Jul 17, 2011 Jo Sorrell rated it liked it
This is the first in a new series called Urban Underground. It almost seems to be a formula written book. Family issues, school bully, girls, teachers...
Kevin is harboring family secrets that he closely guards when he moves from his small Texas town to a large school in California. He is immediately targeted by the school bully. The story is good, sweet, clean and predictible. I think middle schoolers will enjoy the series because of the familiar teenage issues. Also the book is small and a quic
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Dionna
Dec 05, 2011 Dionna rated it really liked it
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Ahmed Ali Mohamed
Oct 29, 2013 Ahmed Ali Mohamed rated it it was amazing
This novel is about teenager Kevin Walker from Spurville, Texas who moves in with his grandparents in California. A couple of days in Tubman High, he is bullied by a boy named Marko Lane. Kevin tries to avoid confrontation and getting close to anyone to hide his troubled past. But once on the track team, Kevin is put in the spotlight. Soon, Kevin has friends and a special girl in his life. The girl he thought he could trust slips out Kevin`s pas ...more
Sojel Singh
Jun 21, 2013 Sojel Singh rated it really liked it
I really liked this book so I give it a thumbs up. Kevin Walker is a boy who doesn't like people asking questions about him moving to this new school. If anyone finds about what happened to his father it could destroy him being unknown. He joins the track team and he gets lots of people attention because Tubman High has never won a meet before he came into the track team.
Anthony
It was awesome it was about kevin walker will loner at tubman high
he doesn't want anyone asking too many question s about his from texas.His terrible secret could destroy any chance of remaining anonymous .Running like the wind helps him forget his troubles ,but his star turn on the track team brings a lot of attention.
Hannah
Mar 25, 2011 Hannah rated it really liked it
The main characters name is Kevin. Kevin just moved from Texas to California. His mother and father both died and he tried to keep it a secret from his new school. But this one boy Marko found out and tried to harass him about it.
Jerry Tejada
Oct 13, 2011 Jerry Tejada rated it liked it
A Boy Called Twister I like this book. It was not that good but it was not that bad. But I will give it a 3 out of 5. If you don't have nothing to read pick this one up. It's not that long only 180 pages.
Ricky
Dec 11, 2012 Ricky rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
If you are trying to get a young boy to gain interest in reading this a good book to suggest for them to read. It is short and has many themes that a young boy may find interesting.
Jake Bova
i liked this book and i felt bad for kevin becuase he wanted to be alone. Runners or track people would like this book. The boy called twister qwas a could book.
Denice Martin-thompson
I loved this book. I was on an emotional roller coaster throughout. I read it in less than four hours. Great book for struggling, reluctant readers:)))
Terrel Fletcher
Apr 20, 2012 Terrel Fletcher rated it it was amazing
This is a very good book. It is one of those books that you do not want to put down once you begin reading. It really speaks about what happens as a teenager.
Rae195shortiie/skittles
I think this book was really good. It told a good lessons about how to not be afraid to show the real you and be determined.
Miguel Perez
Nov 19, 2010 Miguel Perez added it
Shelves: good-book
its a really good book
Anissa Flewellen
Jan 07, 2013 Anissa Flewellen rated it really liked it
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Anne Elaine Schraff grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from California State University at Northridge and taught high school for ten years.

Anne paid her way through college by writing short stories for magazines. Since college she has written hundreds of stories and over eighty books including historical fiction, biographies, science books, and her fa
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