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Lightning Rider

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When January Fournier arrives at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, her brother Grey is barely clinging to life in intensive care after a horrible motorcycle crash. She's devastated—but things get worse when the police accuse Grey of a string of bike thefts, claims he's in no condition to dispute.

Jan decides she's the only person who can uncover the truth and sets out to find the real thief. Soon, however, she finds her efforts blocked by a police officer who's determined to ...

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Lightning Rider

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Overview

When January Fournier arrives at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, her brother Grey is barely clinging to life in intensive care after a horrible motorcycle crash. She's devastated—but things get worse when the police accuse Grey of a string of bike thefts, claims he's in no condition to dispute.

Jan decides she's the only person who can uncover the truth and sets out to find the real thief. Soon, however, she finds her efforts blocked by a police officer who's determined to see Grey convicted. In pursuit of the truth Jan has to pilot her own bike through the twisting switchbacks of Kananaskis County, with both her fate and that of her brother hanging on the edge of disaster.

Lightning Rider is the story of a young Métis woman's determination to see her brother vindicated—whatever the cost.

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VOYA
January Fournier is a sixteen-year-old Métis girl, proud of her Native American heritage, close to her family, and an avid motorcycle rider. When not attending school or·waitressing at her part-time job, Jan loves to cruise the winding roads near her home in the foothills of the Alberta Rockies. Having lost her father in a car crash when she was young, Jan is frantic when she learns that her older brother, Grey, has crashed his motorcycle. Arriving at the intensive care unit of the local hospital, Jan is at first relieved to learn that Grey will survive his injuries, but she is devastated when the police inform her that he is the prime suspect in a string of stolen motorcycles. Jan however is convinced that her brother is innocent and sets out to find the real culprit. The ensuing investigation proves difficult, and at times, downright dangerous for Jan. Not only is the constable in charge of the case blatantly prejudiced against Jan's tribe, but the real thief also becomes increasingly nasty the closer Jan comes to flushing him out. This mystery is a promising debut for Métis author Guest. Jan is an engaging protagonist, the plot is suspenseful, and readers will enjoy the motorcycle chases and Canadian Rockies setting. All combine for a refreshingly novel read. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001 (orig. 2000), James Lorimer/Orca, 162p, $4.99 Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18. Reviewer: Randy Brough
KLIATT
Set in Canada, this would appeal to minority students experiencing some prejudice. The main characters are of Indian descent and looked down upon by the local law enforcement. A case of motorcycle thefts seems to be solved when Grey Fournier crashes while joyriding one of the stolen bikes. His sister, January, is determined to solve the case and prove her brother's innocence. While rather predictable (I solved the case halfway through the book), students who like motor cross and racing will enjoy the descriptions of motorbike tours through the wilderness of Canada. The female protagonist isn't willing to have her brother take a fall for the bad guys and works hard to put together the clues. For the junior high set and lower high school. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2000, James Lorimer, dist. by Orca, 162p., $4.99. Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Stacey Conrad; Middle School Reading Teacher, Palmyra, MO , November 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 6)
Canadian Book Review Annual
"Lightning Rider is worth reading for its important cultural value. Recommended."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550287202
  • Publisher: Lorimer, James & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Series: Lorimer SideStreets Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Guest has written seventeen books for young readers, specializing in sports themes and historical fiction. Many of her main characters come from different ethnic backgrounds, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
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