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Tony Hawk's 900 Revolution

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Omar Grebes never slows down. When he’s not shredding concrete at Ocean Beach Skate Park, he’s kicking through surf at Imperial Beach or scarfing down fish tacos from the nearest roadside shop. Soon, his wiry six-foot frame and live-or-die lifestyle catch the attention of big-name sponsors. But one of them offers Omar more than he bargained for . . . a chance to join the mysterious 900 Revolution and claim a piece of history.

Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades 5-9
Lexile Level810L
ATOS Level5.3
AR Points2
AR Quiz #146396
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandTony Hawk's 900 Revolution
Page Dimensions5 3/4" x 8 1/4"
Page Count128
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $26.65 School/Library Price

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Ms. Yingling Reads blog - Ms. Yingling

"Omar Grebes lives on the West Coast and loves to skateboard. He has a friend, Tommy, who skates with him. Both of the boys miss Omar’s father, who was apparently killed in a surfing accident. The body has never been found. After meeting Neelu, a cute skateboarding girl, Omar gets a card from Revolution, a company that he thinks is going to sponsor his skating. When he goes to the shop, he finds an odd piece of wood with magical powers in a glass case. He must protect this artifact, which turns out to be a piece of the skateboard that Tony Hawk was riding when he completed a 900 degree flip in 1999. This flip somehow opened a portal into another world and released powers. Did Omar's father know about this? What does Tommy know about his death? Omar has to keep the fragment safe, but whom can he trust? Strengths: Obviously: Skateboarding. Tony Hawk. All big draws. Weaknesses: After the fish taco incident in the first chapter, I didn't like Omar; students will not mind that. The cover would have been better without the cartoon-- I know it looks like manga, but a photo would have been better, because my 8th graders may be reluctant to pick this up. I also had some problem with the fantasy aspect of this-- it wasn't what I was expecting, and detracted from the skateboarding culture, which is what my readers want." - Ms. Yingling Reads blog

July 22, 2011

Susan Heim on Parenting blog - Susan Heim

"It can be especially challenging to get boys to read, but a new series inspired by skateboarding star, Tony Hawk, just might do the trick! Tony Hawk’s 900 Revolution, an action-adventure, sci-fi series for kids, premiers this month with four titles, leading up to a total of 24 books. In the series, when Tony Hawk achieves the Holy Grail of skateboarding -- the 900 trick, a 2.5-revolution (900 degrees) aerial spin -- a mysterious force shatters his board and scatters the pieces around the world. A group of teens sets off on a quest to bring the board (and its power) back together again. Each of these chapter books also features a 16-page graphic novel section! And kids can play an interactive game at while reading these exciting books." - Susan Heim on Parenting blog

August 1, 2011

GoodReads - Diana Herald

"Interesting concept for a reluctant reader series. Omar's dad disappeared exactly two years ago on Omar's 13th birthday. Now, as he turns 15 a boy who has been like an older brother to him almost gets him killed when he encourages him to try a dangerous skateboard stunt. Surviving that he meets a beautiful girl, has to escape from her house, and finds a secret skate shop where is is introduced to a magical shard of the skateboard Tony Hawk used to perform the first 900 trick. Good over the top adventure with opposing secret organizations, super powers, and skating toughness. I could see middle school reluctant readers going for this combination of text and graphic novel and wanting to read the rest of the series." - GoodReads

August 29, 2011


Skate and Annoy - Kilwag

"They look a little bit like comic books don’t they? They aren’t but they do have a 16 page graphic novel insert. Extreme!™" - Skate and Annoy

March 14, 2012

Lawrence Journal World - Zach Yarbrough,sixth grader at Lexington Trails Middle School in De Soto.

"I personally LOVED this book. . . .If you read this book, you will be reading a very entertaining story about bravery, believing in yourself and even betrayal." - Lawrence Journal World

March 5, 2012

Yahoo! Sports - Killeen Gonzalez

"If your little ripper also likes to read, one of the books in Tony Hawk's 900 Revolution Series might make the perfect gift. There are currently four books in the series and you can opt for a paperback or hard cover." - Yahoo! Sports

November 7, 2011


Chicago Sun-Times Post-Tribune - Luci Hand

"The topic is skateboarding, which also will appeal to lots of boys. . . .Be sure your boarder friends know about this action series." - Chicago Sun-Times Post-Tribune

November 18, 2011

Sports Illustrated Kids, "Gotta Get It Guide"

"A group of teens travel the globe to try and unlock the mysterious power of Tony Hawk's skateboard in this series of chapter books." - Sports Illustrated Kids, "Gotta Get It Guide"

December 1, 2011

Back to Books blog - Nicola Mansfield

"Surprisingly, I had a fun time reading this and am sure the targeted audience, pre- and young skateboarding teens will love the fast-paced adventure and classic fantasy quest. . . .Fun and recommended for reluctant readers." - Back to Books blog

January 3, 2012


James Patterson's

"On July 27, 1999 Tony Hawk performed the world’s first-ever “900.” This is a 2.5 revolution (900 degrees) aerial spin, performed on a skateboard ramp. As totally impossible – as virtually unattainable – as this seemed at the time, this is solid fact. Tony Hawk’s 900 Revolution series of books for middle and high school teens takes off from that point and streaks forward without ever looking back. . . .Tony Hawk’s 900 Revolution Series is bursting with action, adventure, famous board names and insider’s lingo for skating, snowboarding, biking and surfing. The books appeal to kids who participate in these sports as well as to fans of action sports. The unrelenting battles of good versus evil and the unexpected twists of plot make these books un-put-down-able." - James Patterson's

January 20, 2012

Donald Lemke

Donald Lemke

Donald Lemke works as a children’s book editor. He has written dozens of all-age comics and children's books for Capstone, HarperCollins, Running Press, and more. Donald lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his beautiful wife, Amy, toddling toddler, Cleo, and a not-so-golden retriever named Paulie.

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