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Learning to Fall

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Touching tale of tween reconnecting with estranged dad.

Learning to Fall book cover--girl on skateboard

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Following the path and taking chances

I was emotionally drawn in right away. Daphne shows the way that young people always can tell when they are being fed only half of the parental narrative. Daphne’s loyalty, her funny ways of defending herself while she observes the world around her, and learns the value in taking chances is exactly the way I’ve seen growing kids become themselves as they move through social, emotional and physical challenges. I enjoyed reading this and went on to read it out loud to my nieces. Everyone was rapt!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Author Sally Engelfried's empathetic tale of recovery, reconciliation, and mad skills finds inspiration in skater culture as an angry tween reconnects with her estranged dad. The sport offers a lot of lessons in Learning to Fall. Also in learning to get back up and try again, in life and at the skate park -- and stereotype-busting emphasis on hard work, perseverance, acceptance, and respect.

"When I got back to the top, one of the guys said, 'Not bad for a girl.'

"'Aw, that's bull,' the other one said. 'She's better than you, and you know it.'

"'True dat,' the first guy said."

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