Snowboard Twist
by Jean Craighead George, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)

From School Library Journal
Grade 1-4–Axel, who lives in the Teton Mountains, wants to go snowboarding after a fresh snow. The boy, his father, and Grits the dog head up to Glory Bowl to check the conditions and determine if it is safe. They meet Kelly, the captain of the school snowboarding team, and the youngsters begin to show off their moves. When a bird sets off an avalanche below them, it is up to Grits to cut her off from the danger. Minor's realistic illustrations are packed with action. Bright colors and varying textures depict the crisp outdoor setting. More confident readers will enjoy this well-written story independently. Featuring a popular sport, it also makes a strong addition to picture-book collections.–Rebecca Luhman, Greece Central School District, Rochester, NY

From Publishers Weekly
Third in her Outdoor Adventures series, Snowboard Twist by Jean Craighead George, illus. by Wendell Minor, finds Axel, his father and his friend/rival, Kelly, exploring the new-fallen snow of the Tetons, testing it for safety. When Kelly is nearly caught in an avalanche, it’s Axel’s heroic dog, Grits, to the rescue.

From Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Minor's pictures are attractive, bright, and realistic, with lots of snow slopes and pine trees, ending with a portrait of the furry, reddish canine hero.
2004, HarperCollins, Ages 6 to 10.

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