Overview

Trenton Hiser is trying to walk in the footsteps of his uncle, Mike Hiser, a successful Hollywood director. During Trenton's summer vacation, he goes with his uncle to film the inside story of Scarlet Thunder, a top-level stock-car racing team. As they film the action, too many things go wrong, deadly mistakes are made and Trenton finds out that much more than the race is at stake.
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Scarlet Thunder

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Overview

Trenton Hiser is trying to walk in the footsteps of his uncle, Mike Hiser, a successful Hollywood director. During Trenton's summer vacation, he goes with his uncle to film the inside story of Scarlet Thunder, a top-level stock-car racing team. As they film the action, too many things go wrong, deadly mistakes are made and Trenton finds out that much more than the race is at stake.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Sulock
Trenton Hiser is an aspiring teenager filmmaker. He is intent on following his uncle, a Hollywood director, down the exciting path of creating a television documentary about a female race car driver and her Scarlet Thunder team. During filming, several unfortunate mistakes delay their project, threatening their ability to complete it on time. Readers will wonder whether Trenton and his uncle will crash and burn or race to the finish line? Brouwer includes subtle descriptions about race car driving so those new to the sport can understand the action-packed scenes. Some of the filming-related conflict is a bit far-fetched and unrealistic, but it makes for a fun read. The target audience and the age of the characters creates a slight disconnect; thus, the information discussed may not appeal to the average middle grader. Still, this is a sure choice for young adult reluctant readers. This short, high-interest narrative novel contains a subtle Christian theme and is part of the "Orca Sports" series. Reviewer: Elizabeth Sulock
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"It was quick and easy to read, like a summer novel; it was exciting in the right way, because the action crept up on me until, before I knew it, I was totally engaged in the story; and it provided a lot of the background readers never see on television, enhancing the drama."
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"An exciting read for late junior/early intermediate readers and especially good for the high interest/low vocabulary crowd."
South Western Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"A good, fun and easy read that guys and girls will both enjoy. Another Orca Sports winner!"
Puget Sound Council
"An exciting high-stakes adventure where readers can easily imagine the adrenaline thrill of the racetrack and root for Sandy's efforts to overcome the labels she attracts. There is adequate character development for discussion and reluctant readers will find the 4.1 RL approachable."
NMRLS Youth Services Book Review
"Brouwer does a great job at conveying the combination of excitement and danger that makes racing so attractive to competitors and spectators alike."
CM Magazine
"Any teens who are interested in cars will dive right into this fast moving hi-lo novel that offers a gritty picture of the details of racing cars."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554697076
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Series: Orca Sports
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 10 - 18 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

With close to three million books in print, Sigmund Brouwer writes for both children and adults. In the last ten years, he has given writing workshops to students in schools from the Arctic Circle to inner city Los Angeles. One of his latest novels, The Last Disciple, earned Sigmund an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America. Sigmund and his family live half the year in Nashville, Tennessee, and half the year in Red Deer, Alberta.
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In a quick movement, he filled my viewfinder completely. Before I could figure out what had happened, he had grabbed me by the shoulders. He pulled a ballpoint pen from his pocket and stuck the sharp end of it against my throat.

It hurt. Bad. I wondered if I was bleeding. If he pushed any harder, the pen could burst through my windpipe.

He continued, still sounding oddly casual, "Like I said. When I take this kid's camera and walk out of here with the videocassette, there is definitely nothing you can prove."

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