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Skateboarder Josh Lowman witnesses one of the best skateboarders in town (the local bully) commit a crime. For days he agonizes over whether to tell anyone. Meanwhile, his friendships with a fellow skater (who is debating whether to drop out of school), a beautiful girl in his class (who loves to read, and seems to like Josh), and a cool math tutor (a college student who s ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Breakaway Books
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Josh is not a huge fan of school because it takes up time he could spend skateboarding with his friend Brendon. High school is complicated, though, and several things get in the way of his skateboarding. For one, he sees Lenny, a local skater thug, steal a woman's wallet. Lenny also roughs up younger skaters and shakes them down for money. Josh is struggling with is classes, so his parents limit his skating time and make him go for tutoring, even as Brendon is in danger of flunking out of school ...more
I ended up liking this book a lot more than I thought I would considering it's about an activity I know little about. I mean I've seen plenty of skateboarders, but I know little about the different moves and equipment and such. But the author does a good job describing the different moves and there is even a glossary at the end of the book defining the skateboarding terms that she uses throughout the book. The book felt real to me in terms of skater terminology and culture, but once again I am n ...more
Jul 18, 2013 The Styling Librarian rated it really liked it
Vertical by Janet Eoff Berend – Realistic Fiction, High School and up- I became nervous quite soon after beginning this book. First off, the book was told through the perspective of a high school boy, Josh, obsessed with skateboarding, hating high school, and pretty negative about life in general. Josh had a best friend who didn’t see quite redeeming. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to connect and appreciate this character. Boy, I was wrong. I soon got past my apprehension, started picking up a ...more
I'm an English teacher and we're always in need of great books for reluctant readers, especially the boys. This book is perfect for them. The protagonist is relatable to a lot of kids--hates school and loves skating. The book is visually friendly-- not too long and larger print so it doesn't intimidate. But this is no simple skate story; the story and writing are great. The book explores moral issues with depth and clarity while zipping the story along with enough authentic skate imagery and suc ...more
A real quick one! This would be good for reluctant readers, especially males who are into skating. It uses teen skater lingo well and manages to sound like an actual teen. I did feel like there could have been more, but it does have a solid beginning, middle, and end. The main character is a kid you would want to have.
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