G.G. Rock Climbs



G.G. ROCK CLIMBS (The G.G. Series, Book #2)

By Marty Mokler Banks, Photo Illustrations by Alisa Mokler Harper


Published by: Switch Monkey Press (September 14, 2014)

Available in: paperback, Kindle

At the time of this review there were two books in The G.G. Series.


Sports rock.

It seems almost ridiculous but, for chapter books, there are very few sports-dedicated books. In a search of books in this blog over the past 13 months, only five books comprise the “includes sports” category. “Good books for girls” has 31.

G.G. Rock Climbs and the first book in The G.G. Series, G.G. Snowboards, explore the non-traditional sports most kids don’t get to try. Through the experience of an inner city, Hispanic, spunky, eight-year-old girl, the reader lives the joys of trying, the pain of failing, the empowerment of perseverance and the pride of accomplishing something that seemed impossible.

The G.G. Series chapter books are designed to make newly independent readers comfortable and engaged in text longer than early readers or picture books. But The G.G. Series also is about exposing kids to sports they might not think they can do. It’s about kids seeing themselves as athletes. And it’s about feeling healthy and into physical strength as much as mental strength.

What do you say teachers, parents and writers? Use the comment below and let’s chat….

Of course it must be mentioned that I am the author of The G.G. Series books. Full disclosure and all that.


2 thoughts on “G.G. Rock Climbs

  1. i think it’s a very good idea to introduce kids to sports and other activities that aren’t as popular with their age groups as others. I also like outdoor sports like rock climbing much better than team sports like soccer. I would love to read these books. How many are in the series now?
    By the way, I will be reviewing picture books all through the month of October. If you would like to check them out, please visit my blog at http://www.thestoryfairyslibrary.wordpress.com.
    Take care! 🙂

    • Thanks for your comments, Storyfairy. So far there are two books in The G.G. Series: G.G. Snowboards and G.G. Rock Climbs. The third book, G.G. Surfs, was researched this summer (that was fun!) and is currently underway. Yes, I agree that the less-popular sports are intriguing subject matter. I love that things like soccer and T-ball are present and easy for kids to join, but I also like the idea that children can experience different types of sports. Best to your picture books blogging in October!

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