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The Coming of the Surfman

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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.''

“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.

The Coming of the Surfman
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  • Available on iPad, iPhone, and Mac.
  • Category: Graphic Novels
  • Published: 18 May 1993
  • Publisher: JONATHAN CAPE
  • Print Length: 35 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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