"...a real page-turner ... riveting and profound" - Binghamton Children's Books Examiner
This might be the dumbest thing they've ever done.
Lacey Patterson just made an exciting - and dangerous - discovery.
She's found an old crate filled with surplus military rockets.
Now, she could do the right thing, like telling her dad...
Or she could do the fun thing, and talk her friends Kenny and Charlie into building a rocket-powered car on the outskirts of town.
It's not like anybody pays any attention to what they're up to. Her dad is still mourning her mom's passing after three years, so he's splitting his time between working and sitting alone in a dark house.
And Kenny's old man pretty much ignores him and his sister Darlene, unless they forget to feed the chickens... even then all they get is a whack and a bruise. That's why stealing parts from his shop seems like the best and worst part of the plan.
Charlie's dad might be their biggest problem... not only is he all attentive and curious and whatnot, he's the Sheriff. So keeping him in the dark is job one.
Of course, they've got no skills for building cars, and none of them even has a license. But with enough duct tape and baling wire, and a healthy dose of not-knowing-any-better, they're bent on making this a summer to remember... if they can just stay alive long enough to enjoy it.
If you're looking for a YA coming-of-age story that's funny, thrilling, and heart-breaking, this is the one.
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About the Author
Chip Street wrote and illustrated his first books in elementary school, on lined paper, stapled together and shared with his friends. They were about a boy who really really wanted a dog, and a boy who had a lizard for a pet.
He went on to write poetry and short stories all the way through high school.
In college, he majored in creative writing -- specifically children's literature -- and art. He was lucky to study with an award-winning children's author who was also a Poet Laureate and a Pulitzer finalist, who inspired him with her friendship and kind guidance.
Having children -- and now grandchildren -- has given Chip lots of opportunities to tell bedtime stories and draw pictures. Now, he's able to share his stories and drawings with everyone.
His books are all rated 5 stars on Amazon; film rights for one, "Rocket Summer," have been sold.