This is a timeless tale of friendship and courage from prolific kids author Eve Bunting. Snowboarding on Monster Mountain is the story of Callie, a girl who doesn’t know Hannah Teter from Kim Christiansen – and is too afraid of heights to get involved in snowboarding at all. Her friend Jen, however, is an avid snowboarder – and their inability to get together over Jen’s favorite hobby could cost them their friendship.
For Callie the name Monster Mountain says it all. Why did she ever agree to a weekend of snowboarding with her best friend Jen? Jen is eager to brave the highest slopes and can’t stop talking about all her Olympic snowboard heroes. Callie is sick with fear. But her greater fear is that Jen will guess her secret, and that the new girl Izzy—an experienced boarder—will become Jen’s new best friend.
Bunting, inspired by her granddaughters’ interest in the sport, took to the slopes herself. What she learned about snowboarding, the hard way, lends authentic detail to this story about friendship and fear.
This is a tale that all kids can identify with. According to Booklist, “It will appeal to girls interested in cold-weather sports as well as those who enjoy stories of friendship.". Finding a friend and holding on to them is one of the toughest challenges of childhood. As the School Library Journal attests, "This solid story with a satisfying ending mirrors the rocky ride of forming friendships." The perfect gift for the young adult in your life who is going through a similar situation, or any reader who enjoys a story of friendship.
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