Runaway “Their Moment in Time”

Runaway “Their Moment in Time”

by Kathleen Cook Huebbe
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Runaway “Their Moment in Time” by Kathleen Cook Huebbe

When Christopher—known to his friends as “Topher”—receives a letter in the mail twenty-two years after his high school graduation inviting him back to the Oasis, he knows it’s the beginning of a journey through some very tender memories. He returns to his parents’ garage with trepidation, as he forces himself to encounter the one thing he has always avoided….those memories:

It was their senior year of high school. A year of fun, friendships, hot rod cars, racing, and spending time together at their favorite hangout—the Oasis. And it was also their moment…
…their moment in time.

Although the group of friends had grown up together in a small town in Southern California in the 80s, they are constantly reminded of an era-gone-by at their 1950’s-style diner hangout, the Oasis. Curious about the pictures on the walls and the atmosphere of the diner, they want to know more about that bygone era. Runaway, the non-quintessential girl of the group, is especially curious about the cars and racing, and takes on an early role as the trendsetter for the group of friends. By the time they hit their teens, they all acquire their own classic cars and are learning to race.
By their senior year of high school, Runaway’s car club, The Shakers, is the talk of the town. Before they know it, the friends are pushed to their limits with competition from other car clubs that have formed at nearby high schools, and everyone is looking forward to the big end-of-year competition for the Tri-City Championship trophy.

There are some bumps along the way when a friendly competition is tarnished by a horrifying wreck caused by a jealous rival. To get even, Runaway engages in a winner-take-all contest against her bitter enemy, putting her beloved ’57 Chevy at stake.

Will they be able to move past the wreckage of their loss of innocence? Or will they lose everything they’ve ever loved?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148594314
Publisher: Brighton Publishing LLC
Publication date: 08/25/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 275
File size: 950 KB

About the Author

Kathleen Cook Huebbe was born in Southern California, and grew up listening to stories of street racing in the 1950s from her father, a street racer himself. First envisioned as a daydream, Runaway was in the making for over twenty years. While it took many years and many memories to make, it was one long and desperately loved dream.
She has been a high school English teacher for eighteen years. She enjoys writing, gardening, but most of all teaching. Many of her students have inspired and encouraged her to continue writing.
Kathleen Huebbe lives in Southern California with her husband, their three energetic young children, and Jake… their ever-patient Golden Retriever.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG, I loved this book!! I read it twice because I wanted it to last. If you are looking for a feel good book that takes you back to when friendships mattered more than anything else. The way it's written I could see the images happening as if I was there watching. This would be a GREAT movie! This is a definite MUST read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was caught at page one and was held until the end. The author's ability to tell the story leaves you turning pages with anticipation. I agree with the other reviewer, I laughed, I cried, and remembered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down.  I felt as though I were right there with the characters in the book.  I laughed, I cried, it moved me...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book and picturing these kids having a love for racing. To see how the friendships evolved growing up and into high school and even growing out of friendships. The absolute best part about this book is that everyone has one of her friends. We all might not go out and race our classic cars every Friday night with them but we all have a Topher, Grant, Stephen, Brian, Runaway, and even the unwanted Brandon. You fall in love the each and never want to see it end!!