About The Book

All it takes is eight seconds . . .

Cam O'Mara, grandson and younger brother of bull-riding champions, is not interested in partaking in the family sport. Cam is a skateboarder, and perfecting his tricks—frontside flips, 360s—means everything until his older brother, Ben, comes home from Iraq, paralyzed from a brain injury. What would make a skateboarder take a different kind of ride? And what would get him on a monstrosity of a bull named Ugly? If Cam can stay on for the requisite eight seconds, could the $15,000 prize bring hope and a future for his big brother?

Product Details

  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 4, 2010)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442412521
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99
  • Lexile ® 650

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Awards and Honors

  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year
  • Young Hoosier Book Award Master List (IN)
  • Texas Lone Star Reading List
  • Nevada Young Reader's Award Nominee
  • Texas Tayshas Reading List
  • Truman Reader Award Nominee (MO)

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