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Skateboarder Josh Lowman witnesses one of the best skateboarders in town (the local bully) commit a crime. For days he agonizes over whether to tell anyone. Meanwhile, his friendships with a fellow skater (who is debating whether to drop out of school), a beautiful girl in his class (who loves to read, and seems to like Josh), and a cool math tutor (a college student who skates) slowly steer him toward a new kind of courage.

Josh has a mesmerizing narrator's voice; he rattles off a vacuous Valley-speak while slowly coming into his own, intellectually and morally. There is a hint of Holden Caufield about him. Vivid descriptions of skateboarding throughout the book will keep any skateboarder glued to the page. And a plot that rolls ahead constantly will maintain the reader's attention, while intermittently sneaking in a few lessons from English and math class, which serve to advance the story. (References to math in skateboard ramp design; plus small epiphanies from Lord of the Flies, Antigone, and Of Mice and Men.) Josh starts out as a school-hating dude and slowly comes around to seeing that he can skate and be smart . . . and a decent person.

Vertical will be loved by kids and by parents and teachers.


A middle-school novel about a skateboarder faced with a moral dilemma.

About the Author

Janet Berend has taught English and Creative Writing at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, California for the past fifteen years

Table of Contents

Rat Traps 7

Nobody Likes a Rat 11

Falling 18

Earthquake Drills 21

Maximum Brotherhood 23

One-Two Punch 29

Bright Horizons 33

Word of the Day 36

Different Directions 43

Restoration of Broken Parts 47

Antigone 50

Initiation 54

Solo 63

Grace Is Sick 67

Obscure 73

Stupid Shoe 80s

Little Tremors 83

The Big One Hits 86

Ice Chips 89

Passing Gas 91

Squeaky Shoes 94

Sick 96

Yoda 99

Men and Mouses 103

Pull the Trigger 106

Leaving 110

Sucky Endings 111

Puzzle Pieces 113

Lost in the Wilderness 116

Preparing for Battle 119

Slaying the Beast 121

Questions for Discussion 124

Glossary of Skating Terms 126

About the Author 128

Product Details

Berend, Janet Eoff
Breakaway Books
Berend, Janet
Children s-Sports Fiction-Skateboarding
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 10
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 11 up to 15

Related Subjects

Children's » Sports and Outdoors » Sports Fiction » General
Children's » Sports and Outdoors » Sports Fiction » Skateboarding
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Values and Virtues
Young Adult » General

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