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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reprint edition (February 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553495100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553495102
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up–Ian McDermott doesn't have much going for him. He has basically raised himself and his young brother, who has fetal alcohol syndrome. Their mother is a deadbeat drug addict who makes rare appearances in their lives. At Morrison High School, things aren't much better; the administration wants him out. The thing is, Ian isn't going to take any guff from anyone. But one day, he loses his cool and ends up breaking Coach Florence's jaw. The teen knows that he and Sammy have to get away fast before the cops catch up with him. They grab some meager supplies and skate out of Spokane toward Walla Walla to search for their estranged father. Surviving on the lam in the wilderness isn't easy. They cross the state in cold rain, with barely enough provisions. At one point they end up in trouble with a sheriff but escape. The brothers have high hopes that their father will welcome them into his life, but things do not turn out as planned. The author has created a main character who is confident and tragic, but too many convenient coincidences detract from the story being completely believable. Ian's most redeeming quality is the love he has for his brother. The ending is predictable, and the novel does not have the zip that makes it extraordinary, but it does allow readers to breathe a sigh of relief for these siblings.–Shannon Seglin, Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Despite a jacket photo of a figure riding a skateboard, this first novel is less about skater culture than about learning to deal with life's hard knocks. Fifteen-year-old Ian has little patience for authority at school, where he assumes officials view him as "just another punker with spiked hair and no brain." He especially dreads being swept into the foster-care system by clueless adults. So when his drug-addicted mother's negligence and his own poor judgment leave him anticipating separation from his younger brother, Sammy, Ian and Sammy embark on a 160-mile hike to find the father who "skated" out of their lives before Sammy's birth. A subplot concerning a megalomaniacal school administrator complicates matters unnecessarily, and the optimistic resolution feels a bit pat. But the details of the brothers' survival on the lam will rivet teens, including many reluctant readers, and Harmon compellingly renders wary, brittle Ian, particularly the tension between his admirable motivations and his self-destructive impulses. Jennifer Mattson
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I read the book within two days, becuase I could not put it down.
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Thanks so much for this fantastic contribution,I know several kiddos that are waiting for the next book!
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Two of my boys really don't care to read and they even found this book easy and enjoyable to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on November 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Fifteen-year-old Ian McDermott already has a tough life: He's never really known his father, his mother is a drug addict and spends most of her time on the streets, and he is left caring for his younger brother, Sammy. What he needs from "the system" is some help; what he gets is placed on a list of kids who the principal wants out of his school as soon as possible. And, when he takes a swing at Coach Florence and breaks his jaw, he knows that the principal is going to get his wish. But, Ian cannot go to juvie--who will take care of Sammy? Their mom is out of the question, and if Sammy goes into foster care, Ian knows they will be apart at least three years, until Ian turns eighteen. There is only one option: They have to find their dad.

The last address Ian has for Samuel McDermott is in Walla Walla--quite a walk from Spokane. But they have no choice, so they hit the road before the cops can arrest Ian for assault. Through the cold, the rain, and many nights of hunger, the brothers trudge forward, dodging the authorities, determined to find their father. But, when they finally arrive, will the address prove to be their saving grace, or will their dreams be shattered in this impractical--maybe impossible--quest?

Michael Harmon's first novel hits the mark with its realistic portrayal of teen rage, drug culture, and the bond that exists between brothers. He manages to have his characters speak in voices that are both hilarious and heartbreaking, never taking the reader so far down that hope is lost, but also never reaching for solutions which render the story unbelievable: "Samuel McDermott or not, I was Ian McDermott, and the way I saw life was the way I'd live life" (p. 167).

Reviewed by: Mechele R. Dillard
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Ellington on October 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am a mom to 5 boys (4 in their teens). This book is fantastic!!!!!!!! Two of my boys really don't care to read and they even found this book easy and enjoyable to read. The story moves quickly, there is just the right amount of detail to keep you turning the pages without getting bogged down, and the issues are pertinent to all kids (and adults). I can't recommend this book enough! I was just disappointed that I couldn't find anymore books by this author!

Dr. JE
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bright Star Reader on October 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I work with teenagers, primarily troubled youth, and getting them away from the TV, video games and all of the other things that are way cooler then reading can be a pretty big challenge. In my experience with the reluctant readers if you get get them to read one really GOOD book, you can get them hooked. This is the one.

This is a story of boy who can't seem to catch a break. He gets into some trouble at school, and knowing that his drug addicted mother can't take care of herself much less help him solve his problems, he gathers his younger brother who relies on him for everything and they skate away.

I was given this book by one of my coworkers. It has been an absolute GODSEND! I gave it to one of my RR's (reluctant readers) who was so completely engrossed by it that now I have to buy several more copies for the rest of the group!

There is a wonderful message of hope in this story and it is an engaging read, even for a 30 something woman. I would highly recommend this to all out there, teen and adult alike.

Thanks so much for this fantastic contribution,I know several kiddos that are waiting for the next book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 17, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the book Skate by Michael Harmon, Ian and Sammy McDermott are forced to run away and escape to their long lost dad when Ian, out of anger, punches his gym teacher. On their journey, they bump into many problems, they even almost starve! But they get lucky. They get shelter from a few different people but also run into mean people. This is my absolute favorite book because it is creative and intelligent. Harmon did a great job but this book has cursing and inappropriate behavior. Reader discretion is advised.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By xaime on March 9, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A great emotional story about an angry teenage boy dealing with school, an absent father, a mother addicted to crack and caring for his younger brother. When he violently lashes out at a teacher and his home life is found out he takes his brother and runs off to search for his missing father. A lot of bad decisions put them further and further into trouble. Most characters in this book are very realistic (except for the law enforcement)and you can believe that the whole story is possible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJ on July 16, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is Michael Harmon's best book. Its a bit longer, a bit more gritty and mature and real than the others. It also features the best of his protagonists. Ian is tough, smart, and a good guy. He and his bro Sammy make a good duo, and everyone will root for them as they journey to find their dad and save themselves from their wracked mother and her abusive boyfriends.

I ran through this book in a day because I was hooked. The writing was good and fairly simple (im 17, and this book is probably for 14-15 year olds at most) the characters rocked, and the story was well-created and interesting. A fairly quick and excellent read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Ok this may be a kids review. But I'm not a kid.

This book is a page turner. It took me about 3 days to read the whole book because of homework, school and other things. But i was always iching to keep reading. The lanuage is a litle for an older crowd and the content in the story may not be suitable for readers under the age of 10.

But this book has a very good story line. the auother makes you want to keep reading and you never know what is coming next. The outcome of the story is really good.

So in conclusion I recomend this book to the older crowd over ages 10. You will love this book !!
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