A group of middle school boys away at skate camp have to reconnect with their parents after a major war breaks out and several large U.S. cities are attacked. Most of the communication grid has been knocked out, so they're on their own. They now have to use their wits and resources, along with a secret network of skate parks and message boards to reach their families who have been evacuated to Safe Camps. This is the premise of On the Move, an exciting upper middle grade/YA novel, penned by my client Motion Picture Executive, Kathyrn F. Galán writing as K.V. Flynn.
On the Move is a brisk, entertaining story primarily for pre-teen and teenage boys. It is part of a trilogy: On the Rim is a prequel that takes place during the boys' eighth grade year, and includes a challenging adventure during their school's spring trip to Europe. Whereas On the Lipslide is set during the boys' junior year in high school, post-war, and involves them going on a Skateistan-type mission to set up skate parks in Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Skateboarding is no longer purely a rebellious underground activity: it has evolved into a highly profitable extreme sport and is one of the top youth activities worldwide. There are over 14 million active skateboarders in the U.S.; 85% are under the age of 18, and 1 out of every 10 teenagers owns or rides a skateboard. The skateboarding industry is huge. As of 2012, skateboarding was a $4.8 billion market. The young generation has made this industry extremely popular which means it can be very profitable for entrepreneurs selling products, advertising, and events organizing.
The UK, Europe, and Australia have large networks of youth skaters, too, along with skate parks and skateboard industries. While, six years ago, 71% of American skaters were between the ages of 12 to 17, the 5 through 9-year-old group was the fastest growing segment of kids interested in board sports: those are our readers!