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On Thin Ice

Michael Northrop


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New York Times bestselling author Michael Northrop captures the middle-school experience -- from the hurt to the hope -- in this powerful story of creativity in the face of cruelty.

If I did something risky now, something big -- it's almost like it wouldn't even be my fault. Almost like it might even work.

Ked Eakins is about to lose everything.

He's just discovered that his dad has gambled away their rent money. They're going to get kicked out of their home.

But Ked is determined to fight back. He hatches a plan to save their apartment by rebuilding a vintage minibike in his school's maker space, which he'll sell for a profit.

Still, the plan is a gamble of his own: Going to maker space forces Ked into the path of a school bully, who torments him about his progressive spinal condition.

Can Ked -- with the help of some unlikely new friends ???????-- find a way to fix the bike and save his family from going under before it's too late?

New York Times bestselling author Michael Northrop has written a powerful story a boy who ???????-- against all odds ???????-- decides to bet on himself and create something new from broken pieces.

Praise For On Thin Ice

Praise for On Thin Ice:

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

"A brilliant, powerful story of one boy who courageously faces life’s obstacles and is determined to overcome them, On Thin Ice is a must-read." -- the nationally syndicated column Books to Borrow, Books to Buy

"A sharp, sympathetic insight into poverty, family, friendship, and forgiveness." -- Kirkus Reviews

"An engaging coming-of-age story." -- School Library Journal

Praise for TombQuest:

"The plot moves quickly and will appeal to reluctant readers looking for adventure [and] danger." -- School Library Journal

Praise for Surrounded by Sharks:

"This story strikes a balance of suspense and action... For reluctant readers and fans of survival stories." -- School Library Journal

Praise for Trapped:

"Northrop gets at the core of human nature through masterful pacing... Gripping." -- Kirkus Reviews

Scholastic Press, 9780545495905, 240pp.

Publication Date: July 30, 2019

About the Author

Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of the middle-grade adventure series TombQuest. He is also the author of On Thin Ice; Trapped, an Indie Next List selection; Plunked, a New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection and an NPR Backseat Book Club pick; among others. An editor at Sports Illustrated Kids for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. Learn more at