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Children's Nonfiction Cycling

Blades, Boards & Scooters

by (author) Keltie Thomas

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2005
Cycling, How Things Work-Are Made
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2005
    List Price

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Out of print

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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.

Keltie Thomas' profile page


  • 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

Editorial Reviews

…a colorful, informative resource.

Resource Links

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.

Lethbridge Herald

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.

BC Parent

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