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Impulse: Volume Two
Impulse: Volume Two
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Tony Hawk's 900 Revolution

Impulse: Volume 2

When you skate in New York, it’s all about getting creative, and fourteen-year-old Dylan Crow considers himself a street artist. You won’t catch him tagging alley walls. Instead, he paints the streets with his board. He wants to be seen grinding rails in Brooklyn, doing ollies at the Chelsea Piers, and launching kickflips in Manhattan. But when Dylan starts running with the wrong crowd, his future quickly becomes a lot less certain . . . until he discovers a new destiny.

Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades 5-9
Lexile Level660L
ATOS Level4.2
AR Points2
AR Quiz #146398
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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Read Up On It blog - Suzanne Pitner

"Dylan Crow, nicknamed Slider, is a teenage foster kid who has two incredible talents. One is he knows how to get out of school and trouble, and the other is skateboarding. Through his years in foster care, he's made one true friend, Mikey. He and Mikey call each other brother. Mikey gives Dylan a key and tells him it will change his life. He warns him not to lose it and to trust no one. When Mikey turns up missing and presumed murdered, Slider finds himself the target of an unknown rival Emo skatecrew. Slider is determined to find out what the key opens. He discovers it leads to a mysterious object, one the Emo skatecrew wants for themselves. To protect himself and the powerful object, he must skate for his life, staying one ollie ahead of his pursuers. This book combines graphic novel elements with text to create a fast paced, exciting read. From the first spitball on page one to the Black Hawk helicopter at the end, this short book is full of twists and turns." - Read Up On It blog

May 28, 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

Booklist Online - John Peters

"This unvarnished tale is all skateboard action—with a mystical element. Loyally (and gleefully) following his older brother, Mikey, down the road to juvenile delinquency, foster-teen Slider suddenly finds himself targeted by a trio of skateboard-riding thugs after Mikey disappears under violent circumstances. The punks are after a certain skateboard fragment belonging to renowned (and real) stunt-rider Tony Hawk. It magically supercharges any board (with dazzling lightning effects) to which it’s attached and allows riders to perform super-awesome feats. The chase is on from the outset but hits a new level once Slider finds the piece. The story includes the requisite girlfriend in need of rescue, the friendly police detective, and, at the end, a hookup with one of the other three skaters, who will be central characters in this four-book series. Readers had better know their ollies from their kicktails to keep up." - Booklist Online

August 17, 2011


Roundtable Reviews blog - Tracy Farnsworth

"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." - Roundtable Reviews blog

July 20, 2011 - Christina Lewis

"A must read for skateboard fans." -

June 20, 2013

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


Susan Heim on Parenting blog - Susan Heim

"Impulse is part of an exciting book series inspired by legendary skateboarding pioneer, Tony Hawk." - Susan Heim on Parenting blog

January 23, 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

ForeWord Reviews - Molly Horan

"Part novel, part graphic novel, Impulse, the second volume of Tony Hawk's 900 Revolution, grabs you from the first scene, a two-page comic depicting Tony Hawk's historic 900, and the subsequent crack of his board that sets things in motion for a new generation of young skaters. The images are sharp and vivid, with just enough text to highlight what's happening without bogging it down. This volume is about Slider, a fourteen-year-old boy living in New York City who hates school but loves to skateboard. Slider's been bouncing around in the foster care system for so long he's all but given up on the idea of a family, and he's learned to trust no one besides his seventeen- year-old foster brother, Mikey, and his best friend (and maybe more), Juliet. Slider's world is turned upside down when his brother gives him a mysterious key then disappears with a group of menacing boys. Hours later, Mikey is missing, their foster parents beaten by home invaders, and Slider has a cop interrogating him. Sherman does a good job of capturing Slider's loneliness and sense of isolation and distrust, while still lighting up the pages with his passion for skateboarding and his love for his brother and friend. The text is peppered with skateboarding terms and descriptions of tricks, but doesn't contain enough to be off putting to someone not familiar with the sport. When Slider ditches the cop, he finds the boys who were last seen with his brother are following him, ready to beat him up or worse for something they call "the artifact." Slider is able to escape to Juliet's house, and when they figure out the boys are after whatever is in the locker the key Mikey gave him opens, they decide to get their hands on it before the boys do, however dangerous that may be. M. Zachary Sherman got his start in comics, penning panels for publishers like Marvel and Dark Horse. He has also written video games and screenplays, and that skill set comes out here in the fast pace of the story. Impulse is a great read for teen boys, with an action-packed story not lacking in genuine teen angst and delivering the significant message that you have to trust those around you because you can't do everything on your own. The manner in which the graphic novel sections break up the text make it a good choice for a distracted or reluctant reader." - ForeWord Reviews

November 7, 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

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

School Library Journal - Rachael Myers-Ricker, Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY

"Some of the scenes are told in a well-illustrated and easy-to-follow graphic-novel format that gives a better sense of the action. . . .readers may appreciate the daredevil protagonist and the nod to skateboarding culture..." - School Library Journal

December 1, 2011

M. Zachary Sherman

M. Zachary Sherman

M. ZACHARY SHERMAN is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He has written comics for Marvel, Radical, Image, and Dark Horse. His recent work includes America's Army: The Graphic Novel, Earp: Saint for Sinners, and the second book in the SOCOM: SEAL Team Seven trilogy.

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