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Skateboard Tough [School & Library Binding]

Matt Christopher
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Book Description

September 1994 0785770836 978-0785770831
When Brett's skateboarding abilities dramatically and inexplicably improve after using the Lizard, a skateboard mysteriously unearthed in his front yard, his friends start to wonder if the skateboard is haunted.
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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-- A Stephen King-style mystery for the younger set."Doesn't it make you wonder?" Brett is asked after he unearths a skateboard and claims it as his own. The plot builds suspensefully, yet readers never learn who buried the object, or why Brett can do difficult tricks he never dreamed of attempting before. Eventually he figures out the age-old adage "to thine own self be true," returning to his old skateboard and relying on his own abilities. Followers of Christopher's other novels and Thrasher , a skateboard magazine, will enjoy this. Although some savvy readers will be annoyed by the use of the term "rink" when referring to a skateboarding area, they will appreciate Christopher's descriptions of tricks. Illustrated with realistic black-and-white drawings. --Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Brett Thyson finds a skateboard buried in his new yard and suddenly can perform tricks with it that he's never even seen, much less tried. He learns that it belonged to Lance Hawker, a nationally known skateboarder who died in an accident. A friend warns Brett against riding it, but how can he stop before he's proved that he's a better skater than sneering neighbor Kyle Robinson? Christopher fluidly works his usual themes of sharp rivalry defused and personal problems handled, tied together here with an ambiguous fantasy element plus plenty of sports action and information. Four b&w illustrations capture the main characters' personalities. (Fiction. 9-11) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hold it! Hold it!" Instantly, Brett wheelied to a stop, putting all his 121 pounds on his left foot, forcing the end of "Cobra," his skateboard, to rise and the rear to scrape against the sidewalk. Read the first page
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2.0 out of 5 stars Magical Skateboard April 15 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A Review by Timothy
Skateboard Tough is a story about a little children that digs up a skateboard in his front yard. This kids name is Brett Thyson and he has one passion. That is to be a very good skateboarder. He's not the only skateboarder in the town, take Kyle Robinson for instance. Brett has always wanted to be a better skateboarder than Kyle. The skateboard he dug up used to belong to a professional skateboarder named Lance Hawker, according to some other kids in the neighborhood. The witch down the street gives the kids quite a surprise after Brett writes a letter to the local newspaper. The skateboard that he had found in his front yard is supposed to be "Magical." He can do any trick on it and he likes it a lot. Everyone else doesn't think it is fair although he just is happy he found it first. Brett has always wanted to beat Kyle in a competition. The problem is that there is no competition in the town.
Something that I liked about this book is the realism in the tricks that the young skateboarders did. Although I don't really think that just because a skateboard belonged to a professional doesn't mean that it can be magical. Also I liked the feud between all the young skaters. W.E, Kyle Robinson, Johnee, Shannon, everyone argued about being a better skater. Even though they were friends they still fought about things. I know I used to fight with my friends and other kids as I was skating down the street performing my nice moves. And whenever Brett skated past Kyle, an argument would always break out unless Kyle knew that Brett was better than him.
I recommend this book to young children, at least in the sixth grade. I personally did not like the book myself because I felt it was too childish for me. So hopefully young readers would love this easy read, Skateboard Tough by Matt Christopher
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4.0 out of 5 stars Skateboard Tough Dec 13 2001
Format:Paperback
Skateboard Tough is a book about a boy who had just moved to a new place. He made new friends and lived his life normal, until one day he discovers something buried in his back yard that changes his life forever. The events that happen next, I will not reveal. You have to get the book and read it yourself.
It is a really awesome book. When I first saw the book and picked it up, I was really anxious about reading it. I had a fun time reading the book. Anyone who reads this book will be amazed at how good it is.
I would definately recommend this book to anyone who is a skateboarder or even not a skateboarder. Anyone who likes nice, calm, soothing books, this is definately not the one. It is jam packed with surprises. Therefore, I would definately recommend this book to anyone and everyone who enjoys reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book (Skateboard tough) is enjoyable April 8 2000
Format:Paperback
This book is a lot of fun.It's fun because it's about skateboarding, and I love skateboarding.It was about a kid named Brett who dug up a skateboard called The Lizard.There was a kid named Kyle Robinson who was the best skateboarder in town,but before that it was Lance(the Crackerjack)Hawker.Lance Hawker died while skateboarding in the street.So they say that The Lizard is haunted because he did tricks that he couldn't do on his old skateboard,Cobra.I'm not going to tell you anymore about this book because I want you to find this book interesting.So all I'm saying is that this book is a lot of fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Skateboarding Mystery July 9 2002
Format:Paperback
When workers dig up a skateboard in Brett's backyard he's so excited. While he's not a very good skateboarder, he enjoys it a lot. But the moment he steps on "The Lizard" all that changes. Suddenly Brett can do any trick he tries. Stuff that he could never do before. Soon Brett gets the feeling that there's something evil about "The Lizard" and starts investigating. But will he be able to find out the truth about "The Lizard" before it's too late?
This is an EXCELLENT book. A must have for any fan of skateboarding.
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