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Paintball Blast
Paintball Blast
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Jake Maddox

Paintball Blast

by Jake Maddox
Illustrated by Sean Tiffany

Max and Tyler have been paintball partners for a long time when they realize that something's strange at the paintball field.  A new player in town, Ryan, has just started playing and winning.  At first, Max chalks it up to beginner's luck.  But then he starts to notice weird things about Ryan and his team: They always use the same yellow paintballs, for example, even though each team is supposed to get a new color each match.  And the marks the paintballs leave behind don't match up to the number of times the players shoot.  Can Max and Tyler figure out what's going on before the biggest tournament of the year?

 
ISBN978-1-59889-417-2
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandJake Maddox
Age Level8-11 Years
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
GenreSports Fiction
SubjectMystery
Trim Size5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Page Count72
LanguageEnglish
Copyright2007
Paperback
Price
$5.95
 


 
 

Reviews

Albuquerque Public Schools

"All good realistic fiction set in sports. Sportsmanship, persistence, fast paced. Good high interest books; boys are the main characters. Good addition to both elementary and middle school library. Sports setting helps generate interest. Buying Recommendation: Good." - Albuquerque Public Schools

February 1, 2009

School Library Journal - Alison Grant; Ruby S. Thomas Elementary School

"Extreme sports stories in easy-to-read chapter books. Paintball features best friends and skilled players Max and Tyler. They've competed for years and are among the best in their area. A beginner, Ryan, joins their league and never loses. Max suspects foul play but cannot prove it. After watching Ryan's team play, Max discovers how he is cheating, and he wins the Challenge Cup for his team. In Speedway, twins Michael and Mark expect to clean up in the quarter-midget car racing championships. But a new racer, Buzz Shaw, shows up and threatens their plans. Buzz is an erratic and unsafe driver who does whatever it takes to win. During a race, he crashes into Michael, leaving Michael's car trashed and his leg broken, and the brothers are forced to take on their opponent in a new way. Maddox presents simple stories with tidy conflict resolutions and likable characters. Black-and-white cartoons are scattered throughout, and the books end with discussion questions, writing prompts, information about the sports, and instructions on how to find related Web sites. These books are a good choice for reluctant readers or those who enjoy extreme sports without preteen drama. -Alison Grant, Ruby S. Thomas Elementary School, Las Vegas, NV" - School Library Journal

November 1, 2007

School Library Journal - Alison Grant; Ruby S. Thomas Elementary School

"Gr 4–6—Extreme sports stories in easy-to-read chapter books. Paintball features best friends and skilled players Max and Tyler. They've competed for years and are among the best in their area. A beginner, Ryan, joins their league and never loses. Max suspects foul play but cannot prove it. After watching Ryan's team play, Max discovers how he is cheating, and he wins the Challenge Cup for his team. In Speedway, twins Michael and Mark expect to clean up in the quarter-midget car racing championships. But a new racer, Buzz Shaw, shows up and threatens their plans. Buzz is an erratic and unsafe driver who does whatever it takes to win. During a race, he crashes into Michael, leaving Michael's car trashed and his leg broken, and the brothers are forced to take on their opponent in a new way. Maddox presents simple stories with tidy conflict resolutions and likable characters. Black-and-white cartoons are scattered throughout, and the books end with discussion questions, writing prompts, information about the sports, and instructions on how to find related Web sites. These books are a good choice for reluctant readers or those who enjoy extreme sports without preteen drama." - School Library Journal

November 1, 2007

 
Jake Maddox

Jake Maddox

Who is Jake Maddox? Athlete, author, world-traveler – or all three? He has surfed in Hawaii, scuba-dived in Australia, and climbed the mountains of Peru and Alaska. His books range from the most popular team sports to outdoor activities to survival adventures and even to auto racing. His exploits have inspired numerous writers to walk in his footsteps – literally! Each of his stories is stamped with teamwork, fair play, and a strong sense of self-worth and discipline. Always a team-player, Maddox realizes it takes more than one man (or woman) to create a book good enough for a young reader. He hopes the lessons learned on the court, field, or arena and the champion sprinter pace of his books can motivate kids to become better athletes and lifelong readers.

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