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Skateboard Sibby

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Eleven-year-old Sibby Henry liked her old life. Now she's living in a new town with her nan and pops. On her first day of school she sees a dope skateboard park, but she's lost her precious board. To make things worse, Freddie, a super skater and a super jerk, dominates the park. Sibby tries to stay chill, but when Freddie gets in the face of her only new friend, Charlie P ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 18th 2019 by Second Story Press
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This is a story of a skateboarding girl, and the best part, other than she is a skateboarding girl, is that people aren't surprised that she is a girl who skateboards.

Sibby is a lovely character, and very real, and the story, of how she has to skateboard compete against a bully is a good quick read.

And what I like best? That the bully isn't just a bully. He is a full character as well, and there are reasons for why he is what he is.

A thoroughly enjoyable middle grade novel. Highly recommended.

Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a super fun and chill middle grade, skater book about an eleven year old girl named Sybil! She goes by Sibby, Skateboad Sibby. Sibby loves skating and hanging out with her friends from school, but when her dad loses his job and she breaks her skateboard, Sibby finds herself starting a new school without either.
At her new school she is faced with bullying and trying to fit in. To do that she needs to prove to herself and her new friends that she can out skate the bully at school.
Thank y
Teresa Grabs
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
O’Connor landed a backside bluntslide with this one! Sibby is living with her grandparents after her parents sold their house. Change is hard, but is made even harder when you don’t talk about your feelings. On her first day of school, she meets Freddie, who became a bully over the summer. Life changed for him too, and he didn’t handle change well, either. When Charlie Parker Drysdale, Hannah, and Esther are bullied by Freddie and Jake, Sibby stands up for them. The last thing she will do is be ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story follows amazing skateboarder and main character, Sibby, as she tries to deal with all the changes she is going through. The way Sibby reacts to these changes is consistent with her age and her personality. I like how the author keeps pace with who Sibby is and how she and her friends develop throughout the story. Sibby is head strong and determined and very relatable, as are her new found friends, with each one having something distinct about who they are. Love the sweater vests.

I als
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am reviewing this book for Clare O'Connor, and NetGalley who gave me a copy of their book for an honest review.
I enjoyed this story of this skateboarder who is trying to fit in at a new school and who has to face the class bully. Some of the comments from gran and the teacher are like mini-life lessons. Excellent.
Shauna Holyoak
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love that Sibby not only likes to skateboard, she's good at it--expert even! This book follows 11-year old Sibby who moves to live with her grandparents after her dad loses his job. She struggles to deal with all the new changes (new school, new friends, new skatepark!), and learns to value budding friendships, especially those most unexpected. I loved Sibby--her character (the things she says, thinks and does) are all so believable for an 11-year old. And all the kid characters are well-devel ...more
Sofiya Pasternack
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Sibby is a very relatable and sympathetic protagonist who makes some bad decisions. But hey, haven't we all made bad decisions? Her parents are going through some hard times, so the family moves in with Sibby's grandparents. This means she has to go to a new school, and she hates it! On top of not having any friends, everyone eats weird lunches and basically the first thing that happens is that a skateboarding bully named Freddie gets in her face. He challenges her to a skateboarding
William Chappell
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Skateboard Sibby” is a fun and funny read. Sibby and her friends are a diverse group of quirky characters who are realistic and entertaining to get to know. Smart insights on the social dynamics of bullying for adults and kids and great role models who are true to themselves despite peer pressure make this a great read for kids and their adult friends. Looking forward to more stories from this new author!
Margaret MacKenzie
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sibby is struggling to find her place in what feels like a new world order for her. Her reaction to this is anger in the face of loss, which I love because it is so relatable. The plot, language, and characters are all age-appropriate but the story's theme (how hard it is to deal with changes you had no say in happening) is cross generational and, I think, a real strength of the book. I enjoyed it all and enjoyed getting to know the characters, all of whom I would be happy to have in my kitchen ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I read an advance review copy of this book.

I've never come across a book about a girl skateboarder, so I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. Overall the book deals with bullying, friendships, moving, a new school, and changes overall and how people react to them.

It's a great fun read with some colourful characters. Highly recommended.
Laurie Campbell
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Skateboard Sibby" by Clare O’Connor is the first children’s chapter book I’ve read in a long time, and I really enjoyed it. Sibby was a lot of fun to get to know. I was never quite sure what she’d would get up to next, and the writing was engaging and funny. The secondary characters were quirky and fun, and I found myself wanting to know more about them and their stories. Sibby and her friends had me exclaiming “Oh no!” or laughing out loud while I read during my commute, a sure sign of a great ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure about this book because I'm not a skateboarder. However, I quickly learned I didn't have to be to enjoy all that it has to offer, including the whole array of characters who felt so very real. Kudos to the author for that. The book got passed around in my house and we all loved it. Sibby has lots of depth and grit and a kind heart. A much needed voice these days! Found myself hoping for book 2! Highly recommend this one. ...more
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sibby is so much fun. The story is heart-felt and funny, while dealing with some of life's challenges—having to move and leave your best friend behind, worrying about your parents being out of work and what comes next. I love a story about girls being empowered through sport, and that's Sibby, through and through! Middle grade kids will love the unexpected turns of this story, the pace and the humour! ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a cute book with some awesome themes centred around bullying, empathy and change. I love the fact that it takes place in my part of the world(Atlantic Canada). The writing was great and the characters totally believable. I’d love to read more books with these characters. Highly recommended.
Jess Redman
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review to come, but I loved this story about coping with change, building friendships, and standing up for yourself! Sibby is spunky and courageous and fully relatable. I have a budding skater girl of my own, and we need more stories about girls doing "non-traditional" sports and rocking it! ...more
Sasha Boersma
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just a good book with so many moral lessons. Dealing with change, grief, accepting others, bravery... perfect young YA read for boys and girls.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

So what does one do when one can’t sleep (too much on my mind, wedding, dentists, moving)? Read some books! I decided it was the right time for this one. Sadly, I have to say I didn’t like it that much, and that was mostly to do with Sibby. Oh, and Freddie, oh and Charlie Parker Drysdale. But the biggest problem was Sibby.

Sibby who seemed like a very cool kid, I have never done skateboarding, but I do love people perform tricks,
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We need more books about girls like Sibby. Tenacious yet vulnerable. I really liked how the author brought this character to life and how the loss of Sibby's self confidence was addressed. A great book filled with action and heart. ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read and beautiful message! I enjoyed this as an adult and can't wait to reread it with my 8 year old! ...more
Avra Gibbs Lamey
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet YA story with a very positive message.
Sue Slade
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
My son & I read this together and loved it. I grew up in a Military Family & we had to move frequently, so when Sibby had to move from Charlottetown to Halifax, my son and I talked about all the positives and negatives of moving and how he may feel should he have to move to another province/ changing schools and making new friends. My son is also bullied at school and when Sibby encountered a bully at her school- we were able to talk about this as well, coming up with ideas on how to deal with S ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
God did I hate Sibby. Worst kid character of all time. Not that she isn’t really well done, that was alright, it just her personality that I found irritating. The story was too light for me, there is way too much useless dialogue and the writing style can of try to imitate real life talking or thinking. And this kind of writing is just a bad example to show to kid who learns to read and write, in my very personal opinion. I also found some sentences that just make any sense and look like the aut ...more
Kelsey P
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I feel empowered after reading this :). Sends a great message to children and teens on ways to work through feelings and recognizing them in others, all the while in the forefront discussing skateboarding, moves and friendship. Awesome first book!
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