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Skateboard Party: The Carver Chronicles, Book Two


Series
The Carver Chronicles

by
Karen English
illustrated by
Laura Freeman

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Imprint
Clarion
ISBN
9780544283060

Awards and Honors
2015 Gryphon Award Winner; Bulletin Blue Ribbon 2015, Fiction
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Richard is looking forward to a friend’s skateboard birthday party, but the note from his teacher could ruin everything. Should he hide it from his parents until after the party? Black-and-white digital illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

128

Dewey

Fic

AR

4.7: points 3

Lexile

740L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2015

Book Genres


Topics

Schools. Skateboarding. Procrastinating. Honesty. African Americans. Family life. Friendship.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

From “Nikki and Deja” creators (Clarion), the latest entry in their new series focuses on third grader Richard’s desire to show off his skateboarding skills at his friend’s birthday and his inability to keep out of trouble at school. English’s on-target storytelling and Freeman’s black-and-white spot illustrations make this an accessible work for newly independent readers. The diverse cast of likable and relatable characters will resonate with kids.

Horn Book

Richard (best friend of protagonist Gavin in Dog Days, rev. 1/14) just can’t seem to get out of his own way. He knows that his report on howler monkeys was due last Friday, but he hoped his fake-sick-day absence from school would throw Ms. Shelby-Ortiz off her game. No such luck, and after blowing off his assignment—again—he finds himself staying in for recess. Skateboarder Richard spends so much time mastering a flat-ground Ollie that other things fall by the wayside; avoidance and procrastination prevent him from doing as well as his teacher and family expect, and it can be frustrating for the reader to watch him spend more time on avoiding tasks than simply getting them done. However, Richard is a good-natured guy, and readers will cheer when he finally tackles the report. Richard’s parents are exasperated but supportive and unwavering in their expectations for their son. His teacher is a good balance of no-nonsense and cheerleader for a boy who wants to slide along doing the bare minimum. Best buddy Gavin encourages Richard without compromising his own high academic standards. Lots of kids will recognize themselves in this book (including the occasional black-and-white illustrations), and teachers and librarians will be happy to have a series to recommend that stars a realistic, likable boy of color. robin l. smith

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

From “Nikki and Deja” creators (Clarion), the latest entry in their new series focuses on third grader Richard’s desire to show off his skateboarding skills at his friend’s birthday and his inability to keep out of trouble at school. English’s on-target storytelling and Freeman’s black-and-white spot illustrations make this an accessible work for newly independent readers. The diverse cast of likable and relatable characters will resonate with kids.

Horn Book

Richard (best friend of protagonist Gavin in Dog Days, rev. 1/14) just can’t seem to get out of his own way. He knows that his report on howler monkeys was due last Friday, but he hoped his fake-sick-day absence from school would throw Ms. Shelby-Ortiz off her game. No such luck, and after blowing off his assignment—again—he finds himself staying in for recess. Skateboarder Richard spends so much time mastering a flat-ground Ollie that other things fall by the wayside; avoidance and procrastination prevent him from doing as well as his teacher and family expect, and it can be frustrating for the reader to watch him spend more time on avoiding tasks than simply getting them done. However, Richard is a good-natured guy, and readers will cheer when he finally tackles the report. Richard’s parents are exasperated but supportive and unwavering in their expectations for their son. His teacher is a good balance of no-nonsense and cheerleader for a boy who wants to slide along doing the bare minimum. Best buddy Gavin encourages Richard without compromising his own high academic standards. Lots of kids will recognize themselves in this book (including the occasional black-and-white illustrations), and teachers and librarians will be happy to have a series to recommend that stars a realistic, likable boy of color. robin l. smith

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