The Coming of the Surfman tells the story of a stranger who arrives in a rundown city neighborhood dominated by gang warfare and opens a Surfing Supplies store, despite the fact that the beach is a two-day drive away.
First published in 1993 the book won the Fiera Di Bolgna Graphics Prize 'Special Mention' for Young Adults. Reissued as a graphic novel it has captured the imaginations of children, teenagers and adults alike.
''This modern parable of the human condition, is a most profound and thought-provoking book; it is not to be missed.''
- CHILDREN'S BOOKS OF THE YEAR - BOOK TRUST
“Stunningly atmospheric paintings create a rare blend of fantasy and reality.”
The Coming of the Surfman was included in Cityscapes, a Scholastic grade 5 teachers' source book used in elementary schools across the United States. In the United Kingdom it is used as a teaching resource in inner-city schools by The Learning Trust and is on the recommended reading list by the Centre for Civic Education: Literature for Children and Young Adults Examining Issues of Violence and Conflict Resolution. It is a National Literacy Strategy’s recommended text.