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edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
category: Children's Fiction
published: Oct 2008
ISBN:9781551438801
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Ramp Rats

A Graphic Guide Adventure

by Liam O'Donnell, illustrated by Mike Deas

tagged: skateboarding, bullying, mystery & detective
Description

Fresh from his adventures in Wild Ride, Marcus is back and helping his cousin, Bounce, learn to skate. Between learning how to ollie and do a 50-50 grind, Bounce and his friends also have to avoid the skate-park goons and take on the outlaw bikers who are terrorizing the small town. Excitement, action and some radical skating tips. Hang on for another wild ride!

About the Authors

Liam O'Donnell

LIAM O’DONNELL is an award-winning author and educator who has created over 40 graphic novels and books for reluctant readers. He lives in London, Ontario.

Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, including Dalen and Gole and the Graphic Guide Adventures series. While he grew up with a love of illustrative storytelling, Capilano College's Commercial Animation Program helped Mike fine-tune his drawing skills and imagination. Mike and his family live on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Commended, A Parent's Guide to the Best Kids' Comic selection
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Short-listed, Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award nominee
  • Commended, Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best"
Editorial Reviews

"Aside from the action-packed story, great characters, and colorful artwork, this graphic novel adventure includes an array of practical skateboarding tips for beginners."

— Booklist

"This book is a demonstration of perfect pairing... as Ramp Rats takes two things kids love, skateboarding and graphic novels, and combines them to create a wonderful values story."

— Resource Links

"The book's fun, stylish art and underdog story will appeal to many readers."

— School Library Journal

"The explanations of how to do each trick are well-integrated into the story...The artwork has a cheery, inviting, Saturday-morning quality to it, and the cast is ethnically diverse without skin colors being an element in the story...Recommended for most graphic novel collections, particularly where skateboarding is popular."

— NMRLS Youth Services Book Review

"Fast paced action in an urban setting will capture the attention of the target audience, keeping them turning the pages as Bounce learns to stand up to someone who has been pushing him around for too long."

— Canadian Teacher Magazine

"A well-written comic book about skateboarding with a fun cast of characters and engaging artwork, with actual skate tips and tricks...interspersed throughout the book, this is the ultimate comic for reluctant readers and skate fans alike!"

— Library Media Connection

"A graphic novel which uses engaging illustrations, believable dialogue and realistic situations to convey a fun and interesting story...Recommended."

— CM Magazine

"Recommended."

— Tucson Unified School District

"The concept of this book is both clever and creative. Recommended."

— The Bookmark - BCTLA

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