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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tony Hawk's 900 Revolution: Impluse - M. Zachary Sherman & Caio Majado

Impulse; Volume Two (Tony Hawk's 900 Revolution)

Released August 2011

Tony Hawk's Revolution
Stone Arch Books

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

After hitting his Spanish teacher with a spitball, Dylan Crow opts to ditch a trip to the office and heads to the local mall to spend the rest of the day at the arcade. Dylan bumps into his brother there and is surprised by the mysterious events that occur. His brother hands him a small key and tells him to trust no one. When his brother vanishes and Dylan learns his foster parents were beaten during a robbery, he realizes there is more to this key than he could imagine.

Impulse is actually the second book in the new Tony Hawk's 900 Revolution series by M. Zachary Sherman and Caio Majado. I had no idea I was jumping in with the second book, so if you've also missed the first, don't worry about struggling to figure out the characters and storyline. The series is perfect for kids with an interest in skateboarding or Tony Hawk and will suit readers in the 9 to 12 age range. The vocabulary isn't difficult, though to some who aren't familiar with skateboarding terms, that content may seem challenging.

The one thing I did miss in the first book is the basic premise behind this series. After pulling off the world's first 900, Tony Hawk's skateboard shattered into pieces. Each piece carries a portion of the power that helped Hawk perform this trick. There's a mysterious group searching for each piece in order to restore the board and its powers. It's a storyline that's going to appeal to juvenile readers. I read the book in about 15 minutes, so it's not challenging but certainly holds your attention from start to finish. A graphic comic segment within the book helps younger readers visualize the action. I think this a great choice for children who are too big for picture books but not quite ready to give up some illustrations within their reading material.

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