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Slide or Die (DriftX Series #1)
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Slide or Die (DriftX Series #1)

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by Todd Strasser, Craig Phillips (Illustrator)

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Drift it. Sling it. Slide it. Shred it....
Just don't get T-boned.

Kennin is new to Sin City, running from a tragic past and anxious to start a life outside the gearhead crowd. But he can't resist the lure of all the hot, tricked-out cars in Las Vegas.

WhenKennin accidentally proves his talent, he's pulled into a tsuiso battle against the toughest


Drift it. Sling it. Slide it. Shred it....
Just don't get T-boned.

Kennin is new to Sin City, running from a tragic past and anxious to start a life outside the gearhead crowd. But he can't resist the lure of all the hot, tricked-out cars in Las Vegas.

WhenKennin accidentally proves his talent, he's pulled into a tsuiso battle against the toughest drivers around. The competition is cutthroat, and Kennin's outsider status only makes it worse. With ugly rivalries and vicious sabotage all around him, Kennin's ride will be gut-wrenchingly dangerous...and totally amping.

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Publishers Weekly
This first installment in a planned trilogy about cars, girls and race by veteran author Strasser (Give a Boy a Gun) introduces 16-year old Kennin Burnett. He has moved to Las Vegas from California with his older sister to be near their surviving parent-a dirtbag father, who's imprisoned in a Club Fed-type facility for Internet fraud. Kennin makes a friend, Tito, at the casino garage where they work washing the high-rollers' Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys. Though Kennin is deliberately vague, somewhere in his mysterious California past, he picked up a passion for "drifting," a form of racing which involves skidding around turns while going downhill. Though neither Tito nor Kennin is old enough to drive, Tito's sister, Angelita is. And in her, Kennin finds a mature soulmate, and a girl who knows her way around an RB25DET engine. She also owns a vehicle-a Nissan 240 SX. This becomes important when Kennin is recruited to compete against a racist classmate in a "tsuiso," the Japanese term for a two-car race to the bottom of the hill. The book ends, abruptly, without the race taking place, but the hip subject matter, manga-style illustrations, short chapters and quick pace are sure to attract an audience who will demand the next installment, Battle Drift, due in April. Ages 14-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This first book of the "DriftX" series does little more than create the slow exposition for later novels to come. Kennin, a newcomer to Sin City, is obviously hiding a mysterious past that threatens to be made known, as he finds himself speeding from the police at a reckless pace down a mountain with his two friends in tow. This stint ultimately leads to intrigue, popularity, and interest on the part of other Las Vegas natives, who seem controlled by the fast tricked-out cars and little else. Kennin seems to want nothing to do with the drift races that stimulate his classmates into a frenzy every weekend, yet he still agrees to a race that never quite takes place in this first book. The novel leads up to the long discussed tsuiso battle, but you have to read the next book to find out what happens. Reluctant readers will find this to be a quick read, complete with pictures, but not much plot to speak of. 2006, Simon Pulse, Ages 13 up.
—Jeanna Sciarrotta
Ruth Prescott
Seventeen-year-old Kennin is new to Las Vegas; a friend he had made at work invited him to go for a ride in a hot GTO. As they drove out of the city toward the mountains, Kennin discovered that the driver with a bottle of tequila was an ex-con who had stolen the GTO. Kennin's group meets up with a group of drivers who compete at a very high rate of speed, sliding the back wheels around turns. The stolen GTO has a tracking device, so the police can locate the car. When the police arrive, Kennin is forced to take the GTO down the mountain road against a very experienced driver. The manga-style drawings will attract reluctant readers and students interested in cars. Slide or Die is appropriate for middle schoolers, although the target audience is probably high school.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This first book in a new series features drifting, a form of racing where the drivers glide cars sideways around curves while going downhill. After their mother died, half Japanese/half American 17-year-old Kennin and his older sister moved to a Las Vegas trailer park to be closer to their father, who is in a nearby prison serving time for Internet fraud. Kennin becomes friends with Tito and his sister Angelita, an expert at customizing cars. One night, Tito's cousin, recently released from jail, shows up in a stolen car and takes the three teens to a drifting event. When police suddenly arrive, he panics, afraid that he will be caught and re-incarcerated. Kennin takes over the wheel and uses his extraordinary driving skills to escape. Word about his feat soon gets around school and Kennin, taunted with racial epithets by his adversaries, is challenged to a race. Tempted by the money, and to prove his worth, he agrees but the story ends before the race takes place, indicating a sequel. Teens will be drawn to the colorful, comiclike cover, black-and-white sketches, car-racing action, and the growing attraction between Kennin and Angelita. A good choice for reluctant older readers.-Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Publication date:
DriftX Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Todd Strasser has written many critically acclaimed novels for adults, teenagers, and children, including the award-winning Can’t Get There from Here, Give a Boy a Gun, Boot Camp, If I Grow Up, Famous, and How I Created My Perfect Prom Date, which became the Fox feature film Drive Me Crazy. Todd lives in a suburb of New York and speaks frequently at schools. Visit him at ToddStrasser.com.

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Slide or Die (DriftX Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Todd Strasser introduces readers into the world that The Fast and The Furious made popular, drifting, in his new series DRIFTX.

Kennin, a 17-year-old Asian-American, and his older sister move to Sin City to be closer to their convicted father after their mother passes away. There he befriends Tito and the beautiful Angelita, who are both into all types of race cars.

He soon gets swept into the world of drifting when he decides to go along with Tito and Angelita, and their cousin Raoul, to study, well, cars being the subject. And since the police have been raiding all of the races, it's no surprise when they show up.

Kennin takes control of the car when a tsuiso, a twin-battle drift, was in progress, and his talent is revealed. Once word gets out on how talented he is, Kennin is faced with competitors who do not want to be shown up by some new kid.

The first in the DRIFTX series, Todd Strasser brings all the cars and terminology into this action-packed novel. With drawings in each chapter, SLIDE OR DIE will definitely cause reluctant readers and fans of drifting to think twice about not reading. Fans of Todd Strasser's work will not be disappointed with this introduction into a new sport.
gokuroxas More than 1 year ago
i, gokuroxas, read this when i first saw it at our library and thought nothing of what i was going to read because i had read most of the books in the library that i cared about anyways. well this is a book for those of you out there that are looking for a new book to read that is quite unique and i am not a person of cars, i can't tell you anything about cars or what make and name they are but when i started reading these i couldn't put it down! and i don't like cars!!! so obviously this was a great read, maybe not my top 5 but it is in my top ten of what to read when i get the chance!
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW!! usualy i hate reading books, but i saw this in my library and read it during hurricane ike when we were ut of school, it was amazing, i already got the second one and im wiating for the third one to get in stock. i HIGHLY recommend this series for any car lover over 13.