Deadly Drive

Deadly Drive

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by David Patneaude
     
 

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Nine years ago, a hit-and-run driver killed Casey’s mother. Casey swears revenge if she ever finds out the identity of the driver. Complicating her feelings, every year on the anniversary of her mother’s death, Casey receives an anonymous envelope full of money. Is it blood money—from her mother’s killer? Casey, who shares her mother’s… See more details below

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Nine years ago, a hit-and-run driver killed Casey’s mother. Casey swears revenge if she ever finds out the identity of the driver. Complicating her feelings, every year on the anniversary of her mother’s death, Casey receives an anonymous envelope full of money. Is it blood money—from her mother’s killer? Casey, who shares her mother’s passion for basketball, is busy with practice and her new team. Still, she finds time to spend with her beloved neighbor, Megan, who helped care for her when she was younger, and with Megan’s daughter Dulcie. When it looks like Megan’s computer might contain a clue to the identity of her mother’s killer, Casey feels confused and betrayed.

When David Patneaude was a youngster, his favorite story was Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, a tale of adventure, suspense, mystery, and best of all, buried treasure. David never found pirate plunder of his own, but now he digs for a different kind of hidden loot—story ideas. David lives in Woodinville, Washington, with his wife, a junior-high-school librarian. They have three grown children and two grandsons.    

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Children's Literature
An eighth grader, living on Whidby Island near Seattle, Casey plays basketball because she loves the sport and she is good at it; but mostly she plays because her deceased mother played basketball in high school and college and Casey wants to make her mother proud of her. When Casey was five, her mom was killed in a car accident and Casey's right arm was severely injured. The man driving the other car, the one who caused the accident, was never caught. This is the story of how Casey hopes to find the driver of that other car so she can avenge her mother's death; it is also the story of Casey's success in basketball when she is asked to join a traveling team by her new African American neighbors; and finally it is the story of how Casey balances old and new friendships when Autumn moves in next door. Part mystery, part sport story, part coming of age, on the surface it may appear that Patneaude is trying to do it all. But, he is able to pull it off, developing strong, realistic characters who interact with authentic dialogue. Some coincidences help tie up the loose ends, but emotionally the reader is connected and will want to know how Casey handles the next phase in her life. 2005, Albert Whitman and Company, Ages 12 to 16.
—Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-Casey Wilde gets an envelope with cash every year around the time her mother was killed by a hit-and-run driver. The teen and her father have spent the last nine years trying to understand who is sending the money and why. As Casey turns 15, she gets a new neighbor, Autumn, who wants her to join her AAU basketball team. She also meets a man named Rex who seems helpful, but is he? Unfortunately, by the time the mystery is solved, readers won't care. The pacing of the book is odd and segues unconvincingly from basketball to the mystery to other plot threads. The writing is geared to a low reading level, but there is little in the way of suspense or action to entice reluctant readers. The basketball scenes are unconvincing, and anyone familiar with AAU ball will find the player rotation and games unrealistic. With two main plots that don't generate excitement, this will be a hard book to sell.-Amy Patrick, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480466487
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
01/14/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
200
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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