Orca Book Publishers

Browse by Category


Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 128
Themes: Surfing, fear, bravery
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2007
Fry Reading Level: 3.4
Bookmark and Share
Ben is determined to learn to surf. In the rough North Atlantic waters near his home, only the tough can make it on the water. His first attempt is a disaster. Then he meets Ray, a surfing veteran from California. Ray promises to teach him to surf—and to face his inner demons. As Ben becomes more comfortable on his board he learns to face his fears and prove that he has what it takes to become a Wave Warrior.

CM Magazine
"A brief, engaging tale of a 16-year-old boy who challenges himself and comes out a winner. Recommended."
Resource Links
"Cancer, death, the elderly, teen life and conflicts are handled very well in this short novel...a sports novel that is neither too technical nor bogged down in terminology and technique."
NMRLS Youth Services Book Review
"The descriptions of both the setting and the surf action are first rate."

Awards

CCBC Best Books starred selection  | 2008 | Commended

Resources for Teachers:

Orca Book Publishers produces a number of tools and resources to help teachers, librarians, reading specialists and other education professionals enrich the teaching and learning experience. Please visit our Teacher Resources website to access and download materials.

Classroom Materials:

Classroom Projects

Readers Theater Scripts

Teachers' Guides

Resource Guides

Research and Support Materials:

Common Core

Reading Levels

Reaching Reluctant Readers:

Best Books for Struggling Readers

Webinars

Reading Strategies