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Dirt Bike Runaway (Matt Christopher Sports Classics) Paperback – April 3, 1989


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Series: Matt Christopher Sports Classics (Book 37)
  • Paperback: 149 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 3, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316140023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316140027
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matt Christopher is the best selling name behind more than 100 sports-themed books for young readers.

Customer Reviews

It is really good for kids because I really enjoyed this book.
Buggs
I have now read many Matt Christopher books and Dirt Bike Runaway is by far my favorite read by Matt Christopher.
Fairfax, VA
He didn't want to put it down, always wanting to find out what happens next!
Jackie Zufelt

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 13, 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
The book, Dirt Bike Runaway was written by Matt Christopher. My favorite character was Peter because he was good at riding dirt bikes. Some other characters were Dexter Pasina, Jesse Kutter, and Peter's sister. They were the main characters. My favorite part was when, Peter and Dexter weren't friends until Dexter asked Peter to work for him. The job was to steal car parts. Peter said no and then they started to argue and that turned into them fighting. Dexter beat him up and knocked him out. Peters best friend was Giff, they were good friends. They rode motercrosses against Dexter. At the end of the story Dexter and Peter became good friends. To conclude, I think Dirt Bike Runaway was a good book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Hartmus on March 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
My daughter brought home this book for AR. Since she is reading more than three grade levels above her age, I watch carefully what she is getting into. I had a few concerns after reading the back cover and some of the info on Amazon, so I read the book myself before I let her dive in. I recommend you do the same if you are concerned about what your child reads.

There are a number of themes/events that are a little concerning:
- underage drinking
- abuse of a teenager by other teenagers (including forcing another child to drink alcohol by physical force) and authority figures (headmaster of orphanage)
- hotwiring a motorcycle (even though later we get the "innocent explanation" of how this teen knows how to do this)
- glamorizing the life of a runaway and hitchhiking
- teens involved in a theft ring (hubcaps, batteries, etc.) that try to coerce and threaten another teen into participating in their illegal activities.

The reason that the boy runs away is eventually explained, but it seems to be done in such a way as to make it seem a very reasonable solution to the situation. I don't believe that children the age of the target audience would be able to discern the fact that this was a very poor and very dangerous solution to his problem. In fact, it turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to the main character - not a good message at all. The fact that this is written as such realistic fiction muddies this situation further for the young reader.

On a more literary note, the extremely drawn out, jargon filled descriptions of the dirt bike races are likely be terribly tedious to anyone but the most avid dirt bike fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fairfax, VA on October 23, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Overall I loved reading this book. I never wanted to put the book down because I was always so glued to the book and the action in it. The book had accurate descriptions of all motocross bikes and riding techniques. This is very important to me because I felt like I could connect to the book. Throughout the entire story they were twists and turns that made it almost impossible to stop reading. You always feel connected to the characters. The overall premise of the book was sad but made for an amazing plot. If you are a adrenaline junkie who also enjoys a quick read, I would suggest this book immensely. It always keeps you guessing and has the perfect amount of drama, action, comedy and adventure. I know the book says it's intended for ages 8 to 12 but people of all ages will find it entertaining. The book begins slow but rapidly picks up pace and is moving fast just a dirt bike railing a burm. I still cannot believe how accurate Matt Christopher captured the rush of riding. I could almost smell the exhaust. The book was written with just enough detail to place the image in your mind but still wonder about the next event. The bottom line is whether you ride or not, this is a great read and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a book that not only keeps you entertained that makes it feel as if you are with the main characters every step of the way. I have now read many Matt Christopher books and Dirt Bike Runaway is by far my favorite read by Matt Christopher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you love dirtbikes or just reading about them,then this the book for you.Dirt Bike Runaway takes place in Florida where Peter Lewinski was in a bad foster home.So he ran away.Peter then meets a bully/thief named Dex Pasini.He doesn't like Dex and leaves him.Peter makes a new friend,Giff Mackenzie,in the same town.Giff rides dirt bikes in motocrosses.Peter helps fix Giff's dirt bike,and stays with him for a couple of weeks.While he stays,he rides in motocrosses with Giff and Giff'sister.Dex also rides in the motocrosses and starts causing trouble with Peter.I'd say that this is a great book.I'd rate it a 10 because it had me on the edge of my seat a lot.It was also very exciting and descriptive.Dirt Bike Runaway has a great and happy ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
DIRTBIKE RUNWAY, you'll
finish this book in a flash. It's only 96 pages long. The genre is realistic fiction. People can do the samething just like in this book.
This kid named Peter ran away fronm his foster home. To this little town.Then he gets himself into trouble with some kids.
Three thing i liked this book is ...... well the book is all about Motocross.
#1 I like dirt bikes
#2 I like Motocross
#3 And i have a Dirtbike
People who shoul read this book would be Kids my age
9-12.
Well i hope you enjoyed my book review to you, so spread the word.
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More About the Author

Matthew F. Christopher was born on August 16, 1917, in Bath, Pa. He was the oldest of nine children and a talented athlete, playing baseball, football and soccer in high school. He became interested in writing at the age of 14 and in 1940 had his first story published in a detective magazine. He began writing children's books in the mid 1950's with the publication of THE LUCKY BASEBALL BAT (Little, Brown and Company).

Christopher became well-known for his sports fiction novels for children with over 130 titles bearing his name. He was awarded numerous writing honors from state organizations as well as the 1993 Milner Award. Besides books, he had about 275 short stories and articles published in over 65 children and adult magazines over the years. He is considered America's best selling sports book author.

Matt Christopher and his wife Cay were the parents of four children and the grandparents of ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He died in 1997 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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