Reckless [NOOK Book]


Josh knows he's riding recklessly when he knocks down the old man he suspects is the hermit of Lumberman Creek. But he is shocked when the hermit walks into the forest with his bike after the accident. Being without his beloved bike for a week motivates Josh to hike into the woods and confront the crazy old man. The hermit, Jonathan, has fixed Josh's bike, and Josh learns that he has more in common with the old man than he ever imagined. When Jonathan needs help, Josh has to respect the old man's choices in order...
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Josh knows he's riding recklessly when he knocks down the old man he suspects is the hermit of Lumberman Creek. But he is shocked when the hermit walks into the forest with his bike after the accident. Being without his beloved bike for a week motivates Josh to hike into the woods and confront the crazy old man. The hermit, Jonathan, has fixed Josh's bike, and Josh learns that he has more in common with the old man than he ever imagined. When Jonathan needs help, Josh has to respect the old man's choices in order to save his life.
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Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"Reckless offers its audience a world perfectly suited for a dirt bike and a haunted mind. Its fast pace and suspenseful chapters make it a must read for adolescents and teens interested in extreme sports...Teen readers will appreciate that his embodiment of the rebelliousness his age group is renowned for is complemented by his resourcefulness...Recommended."
Musings of a Book Addict blog
"I absolutely loved this book…It is appropriate for the very topics we have been covering in my reading class about survival. This is definitely an author I will look for in the future. A nice, clean simple read that lifted my spirits."
"Choyce crafts an unvarnished tale around two loners of different generations, featuring the requisite bully, plenty of dirt-bike action, a suspenseful climax, and a happy ending. The lack of complications will make this particularly appealing fare to offer younger or reluctant readers."
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"Josh's need to be his own person and the familiar difficulties will resonate with the audience...[Choyce] is convincing in his portrayal of the versatility of teenagers and their ability to succeed in stressful situations."
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Children's Literature - Patricia Williamson
Josh is out riding his dirt bike when out of nowhere he runs into a man and knocks him down. There are rumors in the town of a hermit who lives and survives in the wooded preserve near the town and Josh wonders if the man he hit is the rumored hermit. Josh walks away from the bike and the man takes it, mumbling as he walks away. Due to other things related to his biking, Josh is banned from riding his bike by his parents for a week so he walks to the woods to investigate the town rumors. Josh discovers the man, Jonathan, and his dirt bike has been fixed by him. In the process they strike up a friendship. As winter comes, Josh goes by to check on Jonathan and finds him lying in a pool of blood, very badly cut. Can Josh save Jonathan? Will the helicopters flying overhead see him and get to him on time? What will happen to Jonathan if he has to leave the cabin where he feels safe from the world? Reckless will answer all these questions. Reviewer: Patricia Williamson
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—This high-interest, low-reading-level book is a fast-paced read. Josh is incredibly passionate about his four-stroke Kawasaki dirt bike, so much so that it sometimes feels like his only friend. During a ride on a logging road, he accidentally slams into a crazy-looking old man who is standing in the middle of his path, and who then confiscates the bike. Returning to retrieve it, Josh befriends the hermit, a Vietnam vet who chooses to live outside the grid, and who later needs Josh's help. The book twists and turns like a tricky dirt-bike track and flows just as quickly. One doesn't need a special interest in the vehicles to get pulled in, but a passion for them will enhance the story. Teacher resources are included on the Orca website.—Emily Chornomaz, West Orange Public Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554695256
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: Orca Currents Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • File size: 126 KB

Meet the Author

Lesley Choyce divides his time between teaching, writing, running Pottersfield Press and hosting a television talk show. He is the author of multiple books for youth and adults. Lesley lives in Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia.
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I staggered to my feet, tore off my helmet and looked down at the crumpled figure on the road. He wasn't moving.

I was sure I had killed him. The blood drained out of my head. I was afraid to approach him. I needed to get help. I took several deep breaths and found myself shaking. Hold it together, I told myself. Just hold it together.

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

    Riding his dirt bike through the forest is Josh's way of clearing his mind. That's where he heads most days after school. Although he follows his parents' rules about leaving a note and wearing his helmet, he isn't always as careful as he should be.

    One afternoon, the sound of his engine and the feel of the forest floor beneath his tires leads him to be a bit reckless. Before he realizes exactly what happened, he is steering wildly to avoid hitting a bearded man directly in his path. His attempt to miss the man fails. Josh is thrown from his bike, but he quickly scrambles to his feet and to the side of the fallen man. The guy is dressed in rags and smells awful. Josh considers his meager first aid training and decides not to move the man. He checks to see if he is breathing and attempts to communicate. As he watches the man slowly come around, Josh guesses that he has stumbled across the Loggerman Creek hermit.

    Much to Josh's surprise, the man gradually gets to his feet. The man questions Josh about his reason for disrupting the quiet forest, states "You need to be taught a lesson," and then lifting Josh's broken bike, walks off with it into the trees.

    Losing his bike in such an embarrassing encounter means Josh can't mention anything to his parents. He talks with his friend, Kyle, and together they decide the man must be the Vietnam vet rumored to have lived in the wild for some forty years. Josh finds out the man has a few friends in the community who deliver supplies from time to time. He decides he will make a visit to the man and try to retrieve his dirt bike.

    What follows amazes Josh. He discovers the man's name is Jonathan. His experiences in the war turned him into a hermit - distrustful of everyone and terrified of helicopters. For some reason, Jonathan allows Josh to befriend him.

    Many Vietnam vets have found it difficult to assimilate back into their old lives. Author Lesley Choyce gives readers a peek into Jonathan's tortured memories. Josh learns about respect and honor in his relationship with Jonathan.

    RECKLESS combines the fast and furious world of recreational dirt biking with the emotions and life-changing effects of war.

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