Skate by Michael Harmon
Michael Harmon
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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  KMeng
Morrison High in Spokane, Washington has no place for anyone but the sports teams. Ian McDermott is a punk skater. His little brother Sammy is a fourth grader who is slow in school and doesn't do well. Ian has to keep up in school and care for Sammy everyday. When Ian was four years old, his father left his home. Then, Sammy was still developing in his mother, and she was starting to smoke crack. They struggle to simply eat because their mother leaves no money for them, even on the rare days she is home. Finally, when Ian punches his gym teacher for being a jerk, they run away. They try to run away to see their father in Walla Walla, Washington. When they meet him he sets things straight for both Sammy and Ian. However there are many challenges in between.

I absolutely loved this book. Michael Harmon started his first book off extremely well. The characters show so much feeling, thought, and emotion. Skate was a very easy read and a page turner. This book reminded me of Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt. They both had kids that were running away due to their mothers and encountered many struggles along the way. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about odd kids fitting in with others or adventures.

This book mentions drugs, violence, and has some swearing in it.

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania United States of America


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