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The Loonies Arrive
     

The Loonies Arrive

by Jacqueline Guest
 

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Zo 's caught the racing bug. Not only is she following in the tire tracks of her older brother as a rally racer, she thinks she might even have the stuff to become a racecar engineer one day. But Zo 's mother has another dream for her daughter, and it's called "Zo Kendall, M.D." In this fast-action sequel to Racing Fear, Zo must learn to stand up to her

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Zo 's caught the racing bug. Not only is she following in the tire tracks of her older brother as a rally racer, she thinks she might even have the stuff to become a racecar engineer one day. But Zo 's mother has another dream for her daughter, and it's called "Zo Kendall, M.D." In this fast-action sequel to Racing Fear, Zo must learn to stand up to her mother's good intentions before her true aspirations come to a screeching halt.

[Fry Reading Level - 4.6]

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VOYA - Lucy Schall
Zod Kendall, talented car mechanic and rally driver, and her boyfriend, Adam Harlow, race together and plan to attend the same college for engineering. Zod's super-mom, coping with her son's inappropriate behavior and her own marital problems, railroads Zod into a medical career by filling out the college application and arranging a personal tour of the college and the mother's sorority. Zod accepts her mother's choices and avoids telling Adam her new plans. The resulting migraines, nausea, and troubled dreams tell her that she is wrong. When she chooses to take a mother-arranged, makeup biology exam over the rally race that she promised to run with Adam, Adam confronts her and her family. Zod realizes her mistake, asserts herself, and opts for the race. Zod and Adam do not win, but Zod's family now might give her the space to make her own decisions while they work to solve their own problems. Middle school and junior high girls could find this happily-ever-after, career/romance novel appealing, but Zod's clueless responses throughout the story as well as the super-controlling mother's willingness to relent at the end are difficult to believe. Both the driving, ambitious father and the difficult older brother are not developed enough to be more than add-ons. Readers faced with similar situations usually experience more subtle pressures, and girls with less appealing choices might have difficulty relating to this affluent protagonist with seemingly endless opportunities.
Puget Sound Council
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552776032
Publisher:
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Publication date:
06/27/2012
Series:
Lorimer SideStreets Series , #6
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1
Lexile:
HL800L (what's this?)
File size:
556 KB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

JACQUELINE GUEST is a Metis writer who lives in Bragg Creek, Alberta. She is the author of 10 previous Lorimer novels, including Hat Trick, Free Throw, Rookie Season, and A Goal in Sight, which are Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice selections, and the SideStreets novels Lightening Rider, Racing Fear and At Risk. A Goal in Sight was also nominated for a Golden Eagle Award.
JACQUELINE GUEST is a Metis writer who lives in Bragg Creek, Alberta. Her books are frequently selected as Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens. A Goal in Sight was nominated for a Golden Eagle Award. In 2012, Free Throw and Triple Threat won the American Indian Youth Literature Award for Best Middle School Book and Jacqueline also won the Indspire Award.

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