Odanaka, Barbara

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ODANAKA, Barbara


Born in Long Beach, California; children: one son. Hobbies and other interests: Skateboarding.


Home Laguna Beach, CA. Agent c/o Author Mail, G. P. Putnam, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014. E-mail skateboardmom.com; [email protected].


Journalist and author. Los Angeles Times, former sports reporter; freelance writer. Has appeared on television programs, including Good Morning America and The Early Show.


International Society of Skateboarding Moms (founder).


Skateboard Mom, illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi, G. P. Putnam (New York, NY), 2004.

Smash! Mash! Crash: There Goes the Trash, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, Margaret K. McElderry Books (New York, NY), 2006.

Biographical and Critical Sources


Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2004, review of Skateboard Mom, p. 335.

Publishers Weekly, May 10, 2004, review of Skateboard Mom, p. 58.

School Library Journal, May, 2004, Linda Staskus, review of Skateboard Mom, p. 120.


About.com, http://skateboard.about.com/ (February 28, 2005), Steve Cave, interview with Odanaka.

SkateboardMom.com (Barbara Odanaka Web site), http://skateboardmom.homestead.com (February 28, 2005).