From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8–When Matt Harper's mother accepts a mysterious government job overseas, the boy must leave his home in Chicago to live with his Uncle Clay for a year in Dragon Valley. He is not happy but decides that he'll be fine as long as he can hit the slopes and snowboard. Then he runs into Riley, the best snowboarder and most popular boy in the eighth grade, and soon rumors are being spread about his past–that he was in a gang, did drugs, and that his mother is in prison. Matt must find a way to prove his innocence before Riley's campaign ruins him. The story is formulaic and laden with clichéd language but it might appeal to sports-minded reluctant readers.–Kristina Aaronson, Henniker Community School, NH
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About the Author
Matt Christopher is the name behind more than one-hundred sports-themed books for children.