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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781429934466176 Pages, Ages 12-18
It's a sizzling summer Saturday, and Headwaters Speedway has suddenly become the place to be. Thanks to rainouts across the state, this small-town dirt track is drawing both big-time stock cars and local drivers. There's Trace Bonham, whose Street Stock Chevy is acting up in a big way. And Beau Kim, whose "stone soup" Modified has been patched together from whatever parts he could scrape up. And no one could forget Amber Jenkins, a strawberry blonde who has what it takes to run rings around them all. Keeping everyone on track is Melody Walters, who knows that the impending rain might be exactly what they need to keep her father's speedway afloat—or sink it for good.
In Will Weaver's high-revving novel, the first in the Motor series, a cast of car-obsessed teens and adults are all out to prove themselves, both on and off the quarter-mile track, as they move through their day on a collision course to meet on Saturday night dirt.
Saturday Night Dirt is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
American Library Association Quick Picks for Young Adults, ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults, Minnesota Book Award Finalist, Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Master List, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book A ML, American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults
A note from the author
At a recent young adult literature conference in Minneapolis, a high school teacher stood up to address a panel of authors on which I was speaking. "But where are the novels for kids who love cars and hate...