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Snowboard Maverick

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    978-1-59953-116-8

Look Inside Having just begun to learn how to snowboard, thirteen-year-old Dennis faces a frightening challenge when he allows a bully to shame him into racing on a difficult slope. These are Matt Christopher's best selling novels about sports and the kids who play them. Each story is over 100 pages and is packed with fast paced sports action that include subtle life lessons on sportsmanship, responsibility, and doing the right thing. The larger, more accessible type and redesigned covers will attract and ignite the interest of a new generation of Matt Christopher readers. The quality library paper and guaranteed library binding will keep the books circulating for years.

  • Fountas & Pinnell Level
    S
  • Lexile Level
    680L
  • Reading Level
    4.8
  • Reading Level Range
    4.0-4.9
  • Dewey Number
    Fiction
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Series
    The New Matt Christopher Sports Library
  • Copyright
    2008
  • Fiction/Non-Fiction
    Fiction
  • Grade Level
    3-6
  • Author
    Matt Christopher
  • Subject
    Hockey
Thirteen-year-old avid skateboarder Dennis O'Malley has a fear of snowboarding since he had a skiing accident. Nevertheless, he takes to snowboarding quite easily and is challenged by a bully and a fellow athlete friend. Dennis overcomes his fears while exploring friendships and devotion. Like Matt Christopher's other books, it is also fast paced with sports elements.

Book Buzz, December 2009



Having just begun to learn to snowboard, thirteen-year-old Dennis faces a frightening challenge when he allows a bully to shame him into racing on a difficult slope. It is a new sport to him, and one that Dennis’s friends think would be natural since snowboarding and skateboarding uses such similar moves and techniques. Making the jump from the streets to the slopes should be a breeze for Dennis. Only Dennis knows it won’t be so. Tasha and Robbie, his best friends, give real support. Dale Morgan, who is great at snowboarding, helps Dennis conquer the slopes despite the terrible ordeal of having to prove himself to Rick and Pat who make fun of him. Can a skateboard pro conquer the slopes? This is a great book for upper elementary and early middle school students. It will be good for the high interest/low vocabulary student as well as for the fast lower elementary reader. It is one of the “Matt Christopher Sports Library” books.

Booklist, Vol. 94, No. 15



Having just begun to learn to snowboard, thirteen-year-old Dennis faces a frightening challenge when he allows a bully to shame him into racing on a difficult slope. It is a new sport to him, and one that Dennis’s friends think would be natural since snowboarding and skateboarding uses such similar moves and techniques. Making the jump from the streets to the slopes should be a breeze for Dennis. Only Dennis knows it won’t be so. Tasha and Robbie, his best friends, give real support. Dale Morgan, who is great at snowboarding, helps Dennis conquer the slopes despite the terrible ordeal of having to prove himself to Rick and Pat who make fun of him. Can a skateboard pro conquer the slopes? This is a great book for upper elementary and early middle school students. It will be good for the high interest/low vocabulary student as well as for the fast lower elementary reader. It is one of the “Matt Christopher Sports Library” books.

Children's Literature



A thirteen-year-old skateboarding fanatic shakes off his fear of winter sports and transfers his skills to snowboarding. With the help of friends, Dennis gets his own snowboard and participates in speed and stunt contests. The unique topic will draw fans, who probably won't mind the bland writing that mixes action scenes with purposeful, stated messages on sportsmanship, safety precautions, and the importance of friendship. Category: Fiction. 1997, Little, 152pp.. Ages 9 to 12. Rating: 4: Recommended, with minor flaws.

Horn Book (The Horn Book Guide)



Dennis O'Malley, 13, learns to conquer his fear in this palatable but sugar-coated sports adventure from the late Christopher. Dennis is a likable character, an avid and talented skateboarder who is eager to convert to snowboarding, if he can overcome his lingering anxiety after a skiing accident years earlier. Dennis's friends, Tasha and Robbie, ease him into the sport, and his cardboard cut-out parents--pretty, overprotective mother; jock father--are there to cheer him on. Eventually, Dennis confronts his angst in a snowboard race against bully Rick Hogan on the same ski slope where he'd broken his leg, but his swirl victory smooths over any qualms. A final contest between Dennis and the town snowboarding hotdog leads to a tie and some celebrity for both boys, in an affable but indulgent suburban fantasy.

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews)
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