Skate

By Michael Harmon
(Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375875168, 242pp.)

Publication Date: October 10, 2006

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There’s not much keeping Ian McDermott in Spokane, but at least it’s home. He’s been raising Sammy practically on his own ever since their mom disappeared again on one of her binges. They get by, finding just enough to eat and plenty of time to skateboard.

But at Morrison High, Ian is getting the distinct, chilling feeling that the administration wants him and his board and his punked hair gone. Simply gone. And when his temper finally blows–he actually takes a swing at Coach Florence and knocks him cold–Ian knows he’s got to grab Sammy and skate. Run.

Their search for the one relative they can think of, their only hope, leads Ian and Sammy across the entire state of Washington in the cold and rain–and straight into a shocking discovery. Through it all, Ian knows exactly what he has to do: protect Sammy, and let no one split up their family of two. Michael Harmon tells a nuanced and unflinching story of wilderness survival, the fierce bond between brothers, and teen rage–and redemption.




About the Author
Michael Harmon is the author of Skate, "a remarkable first novel," according to Kirkus Reviews. He lives in Spokane, Washington, where he is at work on his next novel for Knopf.

"From the Hardcover edition."

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