Dead Runby Sean Rodman
Sam wants to win, no matter what it takes. Bicycle racing is his sport and he has a gift for it--but his attitude keeps getting in the way. After his teammates give up on him, Sam is offered a fresh opportunity. Viktor, an aging Olympic racer, will coach him and maybe give him what he needs to be a winner. But there's a catch: Sam has to work as a bike courier at Viktor's company. The work is dangerous and intense, fighting traffic in the inner city to make deliveries at breakneck speeds. Then Sam is assigned by Viktor to the mysterious "dead run," delivering untraceable packages for an unknown client. Soon Sam is racing away from the law--and risks losing everything.
Meet the Author
Sean Rodman is the child of two anthropologists, who gave him a keen eye for observation and a bad case of wanderlust. His interest in writing for teenagers came out of working at schools around the world. For more information, visit www.srodman.com.
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Sam lives for cycling and thinks he has a chance of being a world-class racer. His attitude and lack of discipline always seem to get in the way, though, resulting in being kicked off his cycling team. He meets Viktor, an aging Olympic cycling champion who agrees to train him as well as giving him a job as a bike courier. When Viktor gives him special pickups to make, in unmarked packages from shady characters, Sam realizes there may be something illegal going on. What choices will he make? A somewhat similar situation arises in Carl Deuker's Runner. The low reading level will appeal to struggling teen readers but also to those reading at grade level who want a quick, action-packed story.