A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this book is part of a series and a good pick for reluctant readers. Although Slider isn't an angel, when given a choice, he chooses to do good and help his friends. This book does feature kids who goof-off in class and cut school, and there are some fights, crimes (including a kidnapping), and other violence. But in the end, this action-packed story shows a kid who uses his skills to redeem himself and make a difference.
What's the story?
Impluse is volume two in a four volume series that mixes skating, adventure -- and a little bit of magic. Slider is a great skater who careens through the streets of New York on his skateboard, but he is bored and failing in school. When his friend is kidnapped and his foster brother disappears, Slider learns to care about others for the first time. Using his ample skateboarding skills and a magical artifact -- a piece of the skateboard Tony Hawk used to perform his 900 degree revolution -- Slider sets out to save his friend, Juliet. Included is a 16-page graphic novel insert depicting the characters in a chase around New York City on skateboards.
Is it any good?
This easy-to-read novel with an exciting graphic novel insert will appeal to many teens, particularly boys who may not like reading but like action, adventure, sci-fi, and skateboarding. Readers will find it easy to root for Slider, a 14-year-old bumped from one foster home to another, and they will appreciate the lesson here as he finds the inner strength to help others.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about skateboarding. What are the stereotypes of skaters -- and what does this book do to either reinforce or dispel them? How does skateboarding affect Slider's life?
This book is part of a four-part series. Do you plan to read the other installments? What do you think happens next? What is fun about reading a series? Why are publishers interested in selling them?
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