Tom has an obsession with drag racing, but after the accident with Logan he swears he will never do it again. The adrenalin rush, the power, the blur of speed. After traveling through Europe and Russia, Laura returned home and became a journalist. But if he isn't going to race any more what is the point of keeping the car? It doesn't help when his Mom is in debt with his medical bills, and his friends are pressuring him in racing to win 6 grand. He killed his best friend, Logan, in a street-racing accident a year ago. He knew he could not go ahead and complete the race.
After making that promise Shields struggles with the temptation to race. The first decision Tom made was to compete in a street race with his best friend Logan. He wants me to race again. This is a great book for almost anyone; it makes you lose sense of time and takes you right into Tom's world. As he tries to make amends to Logan's girlfriend and keep his promise to never race again, Tom is haunted by his dead friend. Thirteen months and six days ago. What a great book I chose to read.
The pressure is just building up on Tom and he is faced with peer pressure from his friends who are trying to get him to race again. Underage drinking takes place at a party where parents are out of town. Take it around the block. High interest, low level novel. Maybe returning to street racing is the solution to all of his problems. That is why the characters are ones you can relate to.
The surrounding buildings are dark; the streets are deserted. I recomend this story to middle and high schoolers because it is a chapter book and the elementry kids could not read it. It doesn't help when his Mom is in debt with his medical bills, and his friends are pressuring him in racing to win 6 grand. A year ago Tom Shields challenged his best friend, Logan to a street race. Ever since Shields killed his best friend Logan in a race, and while being in the hospital Shields promised his best friends girl friend that he would never race again after that incidence. Craving something they know is deadly. As he tries to make amends to Logan's girlfriend and keep his promise to never race again, Tom is haunted by his dead friend.
But at the same time wants to help his Mom with paying off his medical bill, so he and his Mom don't get in big a mess. As a new Reading Specialist for Special Education students that are mostly high school through transition age, this book and actually the Orca series is something I would like to add to our bookshelves. The leather seat crackles when I slide behind the wheel. Tom loves racing and is very talented at it, however, the promised he would never race again after what happened to him and Logan. He knows that there is so much more to life than his car, the garage and racing. In fact, the whole Pacific Northwest is having record lows for November. This must be how an addict feels.
A great book you can finish in a day! On a personal level, the storyline held my interest. Followed by the screech of tires and the explosion of metal. I have to settle the car thing. It really held up to my expectations of what I was hoping for. A year ago Tom Shields was the best street racer in town, he made hundreds of dollars for each race that he won, everyone admired his speed, skill and impressive car. Until the day she decided it would be way more fun to make things up and get paid for it.
By the time she hit Grade Four, Laura Langston knew she wanted to be a writer. Sweat trickles between my shoulder blades. As he tries to make amends to Logan's girlfriend and keep his promise to never race again, Tom is haunted by his dead friend. Ray drops the keys into my palm. Use it or lose it. I killed my best friend. He thinks Logan is trying to tell him something.
As this story goes on you find out a freaky thing that has came back from the past to tell Shields something. High interest, low level novel. He has sworn off racing since the accident, but works at a body shop that occasionally does illegal work and whose owner wants to make money off of Tom's racing skills. Tom can't lose his car, it is his lifeline. That teens often misinterpret events around them and often blame themselves when there is no blame is explored and answered in this book with enough veracity to warrant a recommendation, or maybe even a second reading. Overall this is a quality book with an intense plot, lots of dilemmas and an undeniably realistic feel. He thinks Logan is trying to tell him something.
Not only that, since he faces huge medical bills from the accident and may have to give up his car, the pressure to race is almost unbearable. I let the engine creep to sixty, then seventy, then eighty. That is why the characters are ones you can relate to. It made Toms life worth living again. Ray peers through a veil of cigarette smoke. I bolt up too fast and hit my head on the undercarriage.