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Overdrive - Orca Soundings : Orca Soundings (Quality) - Eric Walters

Overdrive - Orca Soundings

Orca Soundings (Quality)

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9781551433189
Number Of Pages: 112
For Ages: 14 - 17 years old

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I got the car moving. I had one eye on the road in front and the other on my rearview mirror, trying to see the accident. I saw flashing red lights behind me in the distance. For a split second I took my foot off the accelerator. Then I pressed down harder, picked up speed and took a quick left turn.

Jake has finally got his driver's license, and tonight he has his brother's car as well. He and his friend Mickey take the car out and cruise the strip. When they challenge another driver to a street race, a disastrous chain reaction causes an accident. Jake and Mickey leave the scene, trying to convince themselves they were not involved. Jake finds he cannot pretend it didn't happen and struggles with the right thing to do. Should he pretend he was not involved? Or should he go to the police?


"This story illustrates the power of peer pressure and how easy it is for good people to make bad decisions. No doubt teens, especially boys, will be able to relate to the events in this story. Recommended."-- (01/01/2005)
"The plot moves quickly...this high interest, low reading level novel is simple, engaging, and well written...A satisfying read."-- (10/01/2004)
"Walters captures the heart and spirit of the 16-year-old first time driver through Jake, the stereotypical teenage boy, who wants to be cool and drive a cool car...This is more than a story about street racing; it is about responsibility and accepting the consequences of one's actions. It is a story about growing up. Highly recommended."-- (05/01/2004)
"This book is slim, though it manages to look quite grown-up in its appearance. And the ending certainly opens the way to further thought and/or discussion."-- (01/01/2005)
"This is a gutsy, admirable attempt to provide a viable counter argument to the blinking lights of brain-dead video games and dimwit movies. This is perhaps the most effective employment of the reflective medium of print; an introduction to the internal voice of conscience, cause and effect and consequences. Walters has a disarming, empathetic way with his story. He understands the rhythms of an adolescent's speech; the id-driven energies behind their motivations."-- (04/15/2004)

ISBN: 9781551433189
ISBN-10: 1551433184
Series: Orca Soundings (Quality)
Audience: Children
For Ages: 14 - 17 years old
For Grades: 9 - 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers,Canada
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 17.1 x 10.8  x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.1
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition