Big Air Skateboarding

9781626172722. ea vol: 24p. (Extreme Sports). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Bellwether. 2015. lib. ed. $22.95. ebk. $17.95.
Gr 3–7—This set focuses on extreme sports, covering history, gear, events, and famous athletes. Each book begins with an account of a gold-winning performance. Graphics and color photos help convey each sport's difficulty and appeal. BMX Racing notes that Olympic races usually finish in 40 seconds or less. Motocross Racing mentions Ricky Carmichael, who completed perfect racing seasons in 2002 and 2004. In Skateboarding Street Style, text and photos capture Nyjah Huston's impressive gold medal-winning performance at the 2014 X Games, but the safety-minded caption advises readers to "protect your head!" and explains that though "professionals often wear hats during street style events, helmets are strongly recommended."
VERDICT This effective series capably sums up the appeal of these popular sports.

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