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Deadly Drive [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Deadly Drive

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Overview

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.
“In classic sports story fashion, Patneaude tucks subplots involving friendship issues and family tragedy in around plenty of high-velocity basketball action. Readers will be pulled into the old mystery when new hints surface that someone close to Casey has been keeping secrets, but it’s the hard-fought, well-described games, founded on clear demonstrations of the value of practice and teamwork that will provide the strongest draw.” —Booklist 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: 1/14/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digital Original
  • Pages: 200
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • File size: 290 KB

Meet the Author

 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2008

    DEADLY DRIVE ? You have got to read it!

    DD is a very good book. Kasey is getting money every year by the person who ran into her and her mother in a car. she survived but her mother didn't and when she finds out who did it it was a shocker. Her neighbor Megan knew all these years and knew who did it and she didn't turn he/her in.Megan has a daughter named dulice and Kasey worries if dulice will be taken away because megan has kept it a secret for so long .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2007

    Devoted to Deadly Drive

    I Think DEADLY DRIVE is an AWSOME book because of it's suspensful yet emotional events. When Casey meets a new friend that has a same intrest, they get on a basketball team together. Casey is trying to figure out all these stratiges to play good , but she is also trying to figure one more very important thing out. Who was the hit and run driver who left her with a scar on her arm and no mother. Even though it is nine years later, Casey can't live without knowing who it is any longer. She has some clues that she thought would help, but no help came. One was that every year she gets around 10,000 dollars. She traces the address but nothing happens, Untill one day a strange man is seen at one of her and her dad's VERY close friends house. Casey is determend to find out who he is and what he is doing. SHOCKING secrets are revealed in this 'keeping you on the edge of your seat' AWSOME Book DEADLY DRIVE!

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