Turbo Junior Novelization

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Relive the fast-paced thrills of Turbo in this retelling of the new DreamWorks Animation movie. Comes with eight pages of images from the movie!

The DreamWorks movie Turbo revs up in theaters on July 17, 2013!

Turbo is a snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world, just like his hero, five-time Indianapolis 500 champ, Guy Gagné. Turbo’s obsession with speed and all things fast has made him an ...

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Overview

Relive the fast-paced thrills of Turbo in this retelling of the new DreamWorks Animation movie. Comes with eight pages of images from the movie!

The DreamWorks movie Turbo revs up in theaters on July 17, 2013!

Turbo is a snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world, just like his hero, five-time Indianapolis 500 champ, Guy Gagné. Turbo’s obsession with speed and all things fast has made him an outsider in the slow snail community, and a constant embarrassment to his cautious older brother, Chet.

Turbo desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he’s living—and he gets his chance after a freak accident bestows him with the power of incredible speed. Turbo embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the impossible: racing against the best that IndyCar has to offer. Does he have what it takes to cross the finish line first? Find out in this retelling of the DreamWorks movie, Turbo!

DreamWorks Turbo © 2013 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Can a garden snail—and a small one at that—really win the Indy 500? He can if he has big dreams and lots of determination. This book is the print version of the recently released movie and video game by the same name. A product of DreamWorks animated cuteness, the story does have some worthwhile messages to relay—believe in yourself, follow your dreams and be careful whom you admire. Turbo, a.k.a. Theo, is supposed to follow his brother Chet's lead and work in the garden, but he'd rather be a race car driver like his hero, Guy Gagne. Turbo accidentally ends up in the engine of a drag-racing car which has special additives in its gasoline. The chemical mix gives our intrepid snail super speed and the ability to pick up radio waves. After rescuing Chet from snail-eating crows, our fearless hero happens to meet a human big dreamer who is willing to sponsor Turbo's dream, if the snail will promote Dos Bros taco restaurant and mobile kitchen on his shell. With the help of other racing snails, the other owners of stores in the taco place's dilapidated strip mall and finally his brother, Turbo fulfills his dream of winning the Indy 500. Along the way, he discovers that his idol has clay feet and takes special joy in beating him. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442484207
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 6/11/2013
  • Series: Turbo Series
  • Pages: 109
  • Sales rank: 703,385
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.52 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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Turbo Junior Novelization


“And we’re back at the final stretch of the Indianapolis 500 . . . and what a race it’s been!” the announcer blared.

Engines roared and tires screeched as a sea of race cars zoomed around the track at the most important race in the world. A single red car blazed past the others.

“Guy Gagné is gaining on the pack,” the announcer reported. “The young French Canadian is making quite an impression in his debut here at the Motor Speedway. In all my years of racing, I’ve never seen a driver with this much raw talent!”

Thousands of fans in the stands cheered on Guy as he raced for the finish line. And in a dusty Southern California garage, Guy’s biggest fan watched the race on videotape. He’d seen it over and over again.

Guy’s biggest fan also happened to be his smallest fan. His name was Turbo, and he was a tiny orange garden snail. His brown shell was adorned with decals from an old toy car: a black-and-white-checked racing flag, and a faded number five. Two round, curious eyes peered out from the tops of his flexible eyestalks.

Turbo loved to imagine that he was in the race too. His shell would be polished and adorned with real sponsor logos, just like the big racers. He would speed down the track, kicking up clouds of dust behind him.

“He’s gaining on the pack!” Turbo imagined the announcer would say. “Moving into fourth position . . . third . . . now second! It’s neck and neck! And it looks like the winner is . . . Turbo!”

Turbo could practically hear the roar of the crowd cheering for him. “Turbo! Amazing! Unbelievable! Instant replay! Turbo! Turbo! Turbo!”

Turbo hit the fast-forward button on the remote. The video skipped forward to the post-race interview. Turbo loved this part. He pictured himself in front of the cameras, bragging about his victory.

“What inspired you to become a race driver?” the reporter asked.

“Well, I’m glad you asked me that,” Turbo replied smoothly. “Everyone’s got that one thing that makes them happy. For me . . . it’s terrifying, terrifying, blazing speed.”

“Theo!” an annoyed voice interrupted him.

Turbo turned to see his older brother, Chet, on the windowsill of the garage. A chubby purple snail, Chet refused to call Turbo by his chosen name. Theo was the name he was born with, but Turbo was the name of the snail he wanted to be.

Turbo pretended that Chet was another reporter at the race.

“Yes, the handsome fellow in the back,” Turbo replied.

“What are you doing?” Chet asked with a yawn.

“What I’ve always done—stay focused and try to run my race,” Turbo answered. “That’s all any driver can do. Next question.”

Chet did not want to play along. “Can you please go to sleep?” he asked. “We’ve got work tomorrow.”

“Sleep? Are you kidding me?” Turbo asked. “It takes hours to come down after a big race like this.”

“Yeah, I bet,” Chet replied, pulling his head back inside his shell.

Turbo turned back to the TV. The reporter was still talking to Guy.

“Guy, when you were just a rookie, starting out in the Indy Lights, did you ever dream you’d be standing here today?” he asked.

Guy smiled. “Well, as my dear father always told me, no dream is too big, and no dreamer . . .”

“Too small!” Turbo finished with him.

Turbo’s heart soared every time he heard that. It was just how he felt inside. So what if he was small? So what if he was a snail? He could still dream of being fast—fast enough to win the Indy 500, just like his hero.

“Sleep!” Chet yelled.

But Turbo ignored him. He knew that in order to achieve his dream, he’d have to train hard, just like the pros. He moved over to the practice track he had made for himself. The track was a yardstick—exactly three feet long. To time himself, he used an old clock.

The clock hit 2:00 a.m., and Turbo took off. He zoomed down the track as fast as he could, imagining himself on the Indy racetrack. When he reached the end of the yardstick, he collapsed, exhausted. Then he looked at the clock, which read 2:17.

“Yessss! Seventeen minutes! That’s a new record!” he cheered.

“Theo!” Chet yelled.

Turbo sighed and curled up inside his shell. There was always tomorrow. . . .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

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    I can not wait to see the movie!! MOM , CAN WE SEE TURBO IN THEATERS??!!

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    3$

    Cool!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Y

    Could be better

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    TURBO

    THE MOVIE WAS SO GOOD THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT AGAIN

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Great movie

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    LOVED THE MOVIE

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    I love this book

    This is a good book love it so much3$

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Im not taking of tje book

    Lets hang out yuo now just tiping meseges togtherrrrrrri

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Boooo

    Suck basketballs

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Greenmoss

    Post bio later. Can i be leader?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Love it

    It's a great book. I loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Fv

    FUK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Love123!!!!!!

    Its a really good book and i cant wait to see it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2014

    Soooooo awesome!

    Cool movie,cool book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2014

    Turbo

    Is Turbo DREAM WORKS?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2014

    Evan

    Smoove Move

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

    A Random Story chapter 1

    Snow fell through the gaps in between the trees. Toad Lake was frozen solid. Right there in the middle of the lake was Jared, staring up into the sky. The sound of a crack broke through the silence. Startled, Jared jumped, looking for the source of the sound. Then he saw it. It wasn't up. Or left or right. It was from directly underneath. Jared stood there, unsure of what to do. Too late. The lake underneath swallowed him up whole. A splash shattered through the noise. Underwater, Jared struggled to get back up. His mittens fell off, floating up. Soon a horrific pain zapped through his body. He was freezing. Soon he would need to get help. Or else. *end of chapter* Next chapter up on Disney Toy Story. What do you think? Tell me what you think. No bad words, please.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Burn

    Awesome!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    I love the movie.

    This is just like planes. The person has a dream to go ti a race but people are saying no. Then their biggest fan is mean to them

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