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Board Rebel

Board Rebel

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Board Rebel

4.5/5 (2 ratings)
58 pages
28 minutes
May 24, 2013


Tanner Ryan hates everything about his new town. All of his friends are back in his old city, and the only thing he likes in Woodville is his family's pool. That is until he discovers the Curves, the most amazing place ever to skateboard. Unfortunately, on the same day he finds the Curves, he meets Bennett Parsons III, the resident bully. And the locals aren't happy that Tanner's been skateboarding all over town. Can Tanner make friends and still have fun doing what he likes to do? Or has he been doomed to a life without skateboarding?
May 24, 2013

About the author

Who is Jake Maddox? Athlete, author, world-traveler – or all three? He has surfed in Hawaii, scuba-dived in Australia, and climbed the mountains of Peru and Alaska. His books range from the most popular team sports to outdoor activities to survival adventures and even to auto racing. His exploits have inspired numerous writers to walk in his footsteps – literally! Each of his stories is stamped with teamwork, fair play, and a strong sense of self-worth and discipline. Always a team-player, Maddox realizes it takes more than one man (or woman) to create a book good enough for a young reader. He hopes the lessons learned on the court, field, or arena and the champion sprinter pace of his books can motivate kids to become better athletes and lifelong readers.

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Board Rebel - Jake Maddox

Chapter 1

King of the Park

Tanner Ryan tipped the front edge of his skateboard over the lip of the ramp. His back foot held the board in place by its tail. His front foot tapped at the battered front edge of the board.

Tanner looked down at the board. All the slides and grinds he had done over the last year had left his board in bad shape. Time for a new one, he thought. But I’m sure that won’t happen until my birthday.

Two more months. It would be hard to wait. It might even be harder for him to part with the board that helped him win his first Citywide Skateboard Challenge, however.

Tanner’s eyes scanned over the other, younger skaters as they whipped around the park. The little guys rode back and forth between the smallest ramps.

Tanner smiled. It wasn’t that long ago that he was one of those little guys. Now he was standing at the top of the biggest half-pipe in the city.

Hey, Tanner, what are you waiting for? came a voice from the other end of the pipe. It was Billy Collins, one of Tanner’s best skateboarding buddies. Let’s see what you got today!

Tanner grinned. A lot more than what you got, that’s for sure, he called.

With that, he tipped the board forward and rode it down the ramp. He was headed straight for Billy, who was standing at the top of the opposite side of the ramp. Tanner’s grin grew as his board climbed the far edge of the pipe.

Tanner barreled off the top edge of the pipe. He flew up, turned a perfect three-sixty in front of Billy’s face, and dropped easily back down into the half-pipe.

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  • (4/5)
    This actually does its job pretty well. Not bad for a hi-lo.