Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 10 to 13
- Grade: 4 to 8
- Reading age: 7 to 10
Kayak Combat is set in the highly competitive sport of kayak racing.
When it's announced that Cody's Calgary kayaking club will host a Canada-wide competition, no one doubts that Cody will represent them. He is the team's best paddler, after all. But Cody and the others aren't counting on a new guy from Ontario arriving who can out-paddle them all. Cody's desire to be the best is put to the test one stormy day when he notices his rival's kayak missing from the clubhouse. Cody has a choice to make: attempt a solo rescue, or eliminate the competition...
This story about overcoming rivalry and learning to put others first is sure to make a splash with reluctant readers.
About the author
Eric Howling is an advertising creative director and the author of the Lorimer sports novels Head Hunter, Red Zone Rivals, Hoop Magic, Kayak Combat and Drive. As a boy growing up in Montreal, Quebec, he always had a ball or stick or club in his hands. Now Eric's writing stories about playing some of those exciting sports. His books have been shortlisted for the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, named Resource Links Year's Best and picked as CCBC Best Books selections. Eric lives in Calgary, Alberta. Follow him on Twitter @erichowling.
- Commended, Best Books for Kids & Teens -- Canadian Children's Book Centre
- Short-listed, Hackmatack Childrens Choice Book Award
- Commended, One of the Year's Best -- Resource Links
"I love reading stories where it is obvious that the author really knows their setting...A great read."
Rated E [Excellent, enduring, everyone should see it!
Resource Links - Vol. 16, No. 1
"For middle school male sports enthusiasts, Howling's novel will quickly grasp and hold their attention."
Kayak Combat (Sports Stories)When it’s announced that Cody’s Calgary kayaking club will host a Canada-wide competition, no one doubts that Cody will represent them. But Cody and the others aren’t counting on a new guy from Ontario arriving who can out-paddle them all. One stormy day Cody notices his rival’s kayak is missing from the clubhouse — does Cody attempt a solo rescue or eliminate the competition?
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.