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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 128
Themes: skateboarding, friendship, risk-taking
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2004
Lexile Level: HL600L
Fry Reading Level: 2.2
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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.

SouthWestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - January 17, 2005
"I would recommend this to my juniors without reservation. Walters does a nice job of maintaining interest while using a subtle, low-level vocabulary."
Canadian Book Review Annual - January 1, 2005
"Eric Walters creates characters that are believable and multi-dimensional... Highly recommended."
CM Magazine - December 1, 2004
"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."


CCBC Our Choice  | 2005 | Commended
ALA Popular Paperbacks  | 2008 | Long-listed


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