Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 12
- Grade: 3 to 6
Blades, Boards & Scooters delves into the history of invention and the popular culture that has sprung up around some of today's coolest sports: scootering, skateboarding, snowboarding, and rollerblading. Inside the pages of this book, kids will discover how x-treme skaters, skateboarders, and snowboarders appear to defy gravity in aerial stunts; how skate parks are designed for the ultimate ride; how to keep equipment in top condition; and how to safely have fun on these x-treme machines.
About the author
KELTIE THOMAS is a passionate sports fan and award-winning children’s science writer and editor. She is a former editor of OWL Magazine, and is the author of popular sports books such as How Baseball Works; Blades, Boards & Scooters; and Inside Hockey! She lives in Toronto.
- Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year
- Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice Starred Selection
- Short-listed, Alberta Children's Choice Awards, Rocky Mountain Book Award
…a colorful, informative resource.
Beware! This book will fly off your shelves and into the hands of extreme sports fans.
CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials
The former editor of Owl magazine, Keltie knows what kind of language, layout, and visuals will draw the pre-teen crowd.
Saskatoon Star Phoenix
Thomas’ tone varies from punchy informality in discussing the sports’ origins, history, high points, and techniques to down-to-earth practicality in explaining equipment, maintenance, and safety...Throughout the book, colorful photographs show action scenes, while very clear pictures, evidently digital, illustrate the gear and some of the moves used in the sports.
A book for all seasons…Full color art and photo illustrations depict everything from cool clothes to 'shred' in, to step by step instructions on how to do an 'ollie' or a 'flying squirrel.' A rad book.
New Brunswick Reader
Young fans of scooters, inline skates, skateboards and snowboards will love this informative and beautifully illustrated book.
Thomas succeeds in striking a balance between fun and responsibility.
Canadian Children's Book News
A fun-filled, informative look at four of the most popular sports for young people these days, Blades, Boards & Scooters will go a long way toward enhancing the enjoyment of many young Canadians who blade, board and scoot on a daily basis.
Quill & Quire
Packed with fun facts and anecdotes throughout, cartoons, photographs and easy to follow diagrams, young readers will find information easy to find and enjoyably accessible.
Other titles by Keltie Thomas
Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World
Do Fish Fart?
Answers to Kids' Questions About Lakes
How Football Works
Animals That Changed the World
How Figure Skating Works
The Legends, Facts and Feats That Made the Game
How Baseball Works
How Soccer Works
Changing the Future for Endangered Wildlife