Saturday, March 14, 2009


SKATE, by Michael Harmon (Knopf 2006)(14+).

Fifteen year old Ian McDermott has a lot on his plate, what with his Spokane school's administration being against him and with his mother's disappearance on one of her crack binges and having to take care of his ten year old brother Sammy.

When Ian finally loses it and decks the gym teacher, he grabs his brother and flees on foot through the wilderness to Walla Walla to try to find their father, their last, desperate, and only, hope of keeping the brothers together.

Dramatic, compelling, at times tragic and yet hopeful, SKATE is a remarkable novel of responsibility, family, and self-reliance.

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