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Orca Soundings
Grind
By (author): Eric Walters
9781551433172 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Skateboarding North America Sep 01, 2004
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.3 in 128 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
 
CCBC Our Choice 2005, Commended ALA Popular Paperbacks 2008, Long-listed
I always make the jumps. It's the landings that I'm having trouble with.

Philip lives for skateboarding. School is merely the break between trying to land a difficult jump and outrunning the security guards. When he and his best friend Wally meet a professional skateboarder who videotapes himself for his website, Philip thinks they can do it too—and make money at the same time. When they start getting hits on their website—and making money—they start to feel the pressure to do more and more dangerous stunts.

Also available in Spanish or French.

Eric Walters began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. A Member of the Order of Canada, he has now published more than 100 novels and picture books. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

"I would recommend this to my juniors without reservation. Walters does a nice job of maintaining interest while using a subtle, low-level vocabulary." - SouthWestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group

"Eric Walters creates characters that are believable and multi-dimensional... Highly recommended." - Canadian Book Review Annual

“A well-structured, briskly paced, realistic novel, with more ‘showing’ than ‘telling’ and no moralizing...Grind is a well-written work of literature that subtly shows that a weakness can also be a strength...Recommended.” - CM Magazine

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