SKATE by Michael Harmon

SKATE

Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

This remarkable first novel features a rebellious, smart outcast who’s battling life as he struggles to take care of his little brother. Their crack-addicted mom has essentially abandoned Ian and Sam. Ian manages to protect Sam, but can’t protect himself from an unscrupulous high-school principal who’s determined to get Ian out of the school. When Ian loses his temper and decks his coach, he decides to take Sam and flee across the state in an effort to find their long-absent father. Harmon has crafted a tale of compelling suspense—part adolescent psychology and part survival tale—painting sharply clear portraits of his characters, particularly Ian. The result is a sense of strong realism and sympathy for the characters, even when they screw up. Were it shorter it would be perfect for reluctant readers, but surely will appeal to a wide audience. A marvelous debut. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Oct. 10th, 2006
ISBN: 0-375-87516-6
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2006




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