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On Thin Ice



by
Michael Northrop

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Scholastic
Imprint
Scholastic Press
ISBN
9780545495905
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Child Abuse
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Life for 12-year-old Ked Eakins isn't easy. The school bully is after him, a lump on his back makes him a social outcast, and his dad has gambled away their rent money.

Though it seems like he should just give up, Ked determines it's time to take his life back. He hatches a scheme to make enough money to save their home: He's going to rebuild an old motor bike and sell it at a profit. But the plan is a gamble of his own, and what seemed like a good idea quickly lands him in deeper trouble.

Ked has his determination and creativity, however, and the school's Maker Space provides him with a place to build. Can Ked and the other Makers save his family from going under?

This underdog tale about a unique middle schooler is Michael Northrop at his gritty, gripping, unflinching best. It is a powerful portrait of a failing factory town and the families who are being dragged down with it. Ultimately, On Thin Ice is about daring to create when your whole world is crumbling.

Author’s note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Child Abuse

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

240

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.5: points 8

Lexile

640L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

14

JLG Release

Oct 2019

Book Genres


Topics

Kyphosis. Spine abnormalities. Fathers and sons. Compulsive gamblers. Gambling. Conduct of life. Bullying. Interpersonal relations. Friendship. Maine.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist

School Library Journal

Life is hard for seventh-grader Ked Easkins. First of all, he has a degenerative back condition that makes his spine curve. Because of this, he feels like he has lost his best friends Maps, Nephi, and Danny. He is endlessly harassed by a stereotypical bully character nicknamed Landrover. And if that isn’t enough for a 13-year-old to endure, his father has just gambled away their rent money. Ked does not let his circumstances get him down for long. He buys the pieces of a sought-after minibike and hatches a plan to use the school’s maker space to rebuild the bike in order to sell it. If this plan works, Ked and his dad won’t have to move, yet again, to a more downsized place. At times, the odds seem in Ked’s favor, but right when it looks like things will work out, they take a downward turn. The topic of bullying is addressed without seeming didactic, and Ked and Landrover end up in a survival situation that helps them understand and change their perspectives of each other. Eventually, Ked is able to fully come to terms with his disability to accept the friendships that have been waiting for him. An engaging coming-of-age story; recommended for general purchase.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Life is hard for seventh-grader Ked Easkins. First of all, he has a degenerative back condition that makes his spine curve. Because of this, he feels like he has lost his best friends Maps, Nephi, and Danny. He is endlessly harassed by a stereotypical bully character nicknamed Landrover. And if that isn’t enough for a 13-year-old to endure, his father has just gambled away their rent money. Ked does not let his circumstances get him down for long. He buys the pieces of a sought-after minibike and hatches a plan to use the school’s maker space to rebuild the bike in order to sell it. If this plan works, Ked and his dad won’t have to move, yet again, to a more downsized place. At times, the odds seem in Ked’s favor, but right when it looks like things will work out, they take a downward turn. The topic of bullying is addressed without seeming didactic, and Ked and Landrover end up in a survival situation that helps them understand and change their perspectives of each other. Eventually, Ked is able to fully come to terms with his disability to accept the friendships that have been waiting for him. An engaging coming-of-age story; recommended for general purchase.

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