SNOWBOARD MAVERICK by Matt Christopher


Age Range: 10 - 12
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 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 swift 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. (Fiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-316-14261-1
Page count: 152pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 1997


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