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Fast Track
     

Fast Track

by Anthony Hampshire
 

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"There was no warning, just a loud metallic bang, and the engine noise stopped instantly. Everything immediately went white, as if I was a plane that had suddenly flown straight into a cloud. The cockpit of the car filled with thick, white smoke, stinging my eyes and nose. I couldn't even see the steering wheel, much less the road ahead."

Eddie

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"There was no warning, just a loud metallic bang, and the engine noise stopped instantly. Everything immediately went white, as if I was a plane that had suddenly flown straight into a cloud. The cockpit of the car filled with thick, white smoke, stinging my eyes and nose. I couldn't even see the steering wheel, much less the road ahead."

Eddie Stewart has what it takes to become a top racing driver--everything, that is, except money. That hasn't stopped him and his team from sinking all their savings into a Trans-Am Mustang and entering it in their first pro race. But it will take more than skill and nerve to make it to the victory podium. Eddie is about to learn that some drivers will do anything to win--even play by their own set of rules.

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"This series is ideal for reluctant readers. The short books are enjoyable, and the characters are fun to read about. Although the stories are not action packed, they provide the right level of humor, romance, action, and suspense to keep readers interested. The writing is simple and descriptive. The story is predictable yet absorbing. The pacing is quick, as a racing story should be, with funny, idiosyncratic, and heroic characters. They could be the boys next door, so readers will identify with them and root for them. A useful glossary is included, and photos, although some of very poor quality, are sprinkled throughout the books. This short series is a worthwhile purchase for young racing fans."
-- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

"Racing-scenes are limited in number and length, but are very well done and accurately use racing terminology to describe events. . . Hampshire's stories will appeal to racing fans and anyone who roots for underdogs."
-- School Library Journal

VOYA - Ed Goldberg
Fast Track, the first in the four-book Redline Racing series, introduces mechanic extraordinaire Herb, computer wiz Rick, and talented race-car driver Eddie, who enter their specially designed Ford Mustang in the Trans American Championship race for modified sports cars. The book follows them through qualifying laps and the actual race, complete with car wreck and miraculous finish. Eddie's Aunt Sophie and Caroline, Eddie's love interest and Rick's sister, unexpectedly show up and ultimately friends and family form a racing team. The team heroically rescues an unconscious rookie driver, Bill Baker, from a wreck that was intentionally caused by Raul DaSilva, a self-absorbed, unsportsmanlike driver. Full Throttle, the second book, follows the team plus engineer Allan as they move up to Formula 3 Indy-type (single seat and open tire) car racing. The team leases Baker's wreck, fixes it up, and with a new paint design for the car and new uniforms for the team, they travel from Anaheim, California, to race in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Eddie, in his first Formula 3 race, competes with the obnoxious DeSilva. Eddie's performance does not fail, nor does the book. The remaining books, On the Limit and Title Run, contain more good racing sequences as well as humor, intrigue, and romance. This series is ideal for reluctant readers. The short books are enjoyable, and the characters are fun to read about. Although the stories are not action packed, they provide the right level of humor, romance, action, and suspense to keep readers interested. The writing is simple and descriptive. The story is predictable yet absorbing. The pacing is quick, as a racing story should be, withfunny, idiosyncratic, and heroic characters. They could be the boys next door, so readers will identify with them and root for them. A useful glossary is included, and photos, although some of very poor quality, are sprinkled throughout the books. This short series is a worthwhile purchase for young racing fans.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-A group of friends dream of success on the professional auto-racing circuit. Eddie, the driver; Rick, the engineer; and Herb, the mechanic, are joined in their quest by Eddie's Aunt Sophie, team owner; and Rick's sister Caroline, team manager and possible romantic interest for Eddie. The young men start racing in the Trans Am series and then have the opportunity to lease a damaged Formula Atlantic car for one race, enlist professional help, land a sponsor, and make friends and enemies on the track and off as they emerge as contenders for the Formula Atlantic championship. Along the way, they cope with endless travel, the theft of their equipment, and even a hilarious TV interview. Racing scenes are limited in number and length, but are very well done and accurately use racing terminology to describe events. The series' focus is on the team's struggles, such as personality issues, long hours, crashes, and money, and while the characters aren't developed, the stories are engaging and fast paced, and carry a good sense of anticipation. Occasional black-and-white photos depict racing scenes. Eddie's team's early success is somewhat implausible, but Hampshire's stories will appeal to racing fans and anyone who roots for underdogs.-Jeffrey A. French, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550415704
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
09/30/2005
Series:
Redline Racing , #1
Pages:
138
Product dimensions:
5.02(w) x 7.32(h) x 0.24(d)
Lexile:
920L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Anthony Hampshire is a rural school principal who has been an educational technology consultant, classroom teacher, football coach and, naturally, a racing driver! Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and London, England, Anthony has earned national and provincial awards for his work in school curriculum and media. He sees his writing as an opportunity to both encourage reading in young people and to build character.

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