Speed Freak by Fleur Beale : Great new YA novel for the guys @RHNZ

Posted: September 15, 2013 in Secondary
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Speed Freak
By Fleur Beale

speed

Archie Barrington is a 15 year old race kart driver and a pretty good one at that. He lives for the sport; the speed, smells and sounds of the track. He wants to win big but he also knows in order to win, sometimes you have to lose. Enough wins and he could gain a sponsorship to race in the Internationals in Portugal. Losing to his main rival Craig is not part of his plans but Craig has no plans to lose either. Game on!
Mum moved out years ago – reputedly because of his racing so Archie knows there is often a price to pay for his racing. Dad is totally supportive but not so his father’s new partner, Erica who has just moved in with her son. In fact she hates it so much she tries to keep the painfully shy Felix away from anything to do with Archie and racing.
As with all Fleur Beale’s books the story is very well written , moves along smoothly with characters who ring true. The more I read, the more I felt myself liking Archie and wanting desperately for him to win.
This is a great read for the guys and girls who love speed and oily rags.

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