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Super Stock Rookie (Motor Novels) Hardcover – May 12, 2009

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Grade 8 Up—Teenage stock-car racer Trace Bonham is chosen to receive a corporate sponsorship, with a lucrative contract, a custom-built Super Stock vehicle, and his own racing team. He has suspicions about his Team Blu sponsor almost from the beginning, especially since their representatives seem more interested in his looks than in his driving ability. He overcomes his reservations and signs on, only to be accused of having an illegal vehicle in his first race at his home track. His car passes the technical inspection, but his crew discourages him from asking too many questions about the engine. Trace has other problems as well, including the breakup of his parents' marriage and his mixed feelings about moving away from his friends and the girl he likes. With references to digital tachs, kill switches, drop-in valve springs, Street and Pure Stocks, Mini-Stocks, and Mod Fours, the novel is likely to appeal to youngsters who normally shy away from fiction. It seems probable, however, that these readers will be frustrated by having to wait for the next installment to see how the issues raised in this novel are resolved.—Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT
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Trace Bonham, last seen in Saturday Night Dirt (2008), returns with hopes to move beyond his local rural Minnesota race-car track. He tries out for the driver of a car sponsored by an outfit called Team Blu, and much to his surprise, he is picked and sets off on the mid-level stock-car circuit in the Midwest. Weaver offers outstanding descriptions of the races, putting readers in the center of the action and showing how skills, such as the ability to read the subtleties of the track, make the difference between winning and losing. The novel ends with several questions hanging, presumably to be answered later in the series. Grades 8-11. --Todd Morning
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Series: Motor Novels
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First Edition edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374350612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374350611
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,537,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Will Weaver grew up in northern Minnesota on a farm. The landscape of small town life figures strongly in much of his writing. He has gained a national audience for his unflinching realism, and for what one reviewer called ". . . the humanity and decency that runs through all of Weaver's work" ( St. Paul Pioneer Press).

His short story collection A GRAVESTONE MADE OF WHEAT was a New York Times "notable book." His books have been adapted for radio, stage and film. SWEET LAND, the feature film adaptation of his story "Gravestone Made of Wheat", starring Ned Beatty, premiered in October of 2006. SWEET LAND is also the title of his collection of short stories, which includes the film-inspiring story.

A recent new direction is a memoir, THE LAST HUNTER: AN AMERICAN FAMILY ALBUM, a closely described look at the arc of his family from tiny, immigrant homestead farm in North Dakota to post-modern America.

Weaver is also known for his young adult fiction. MEMORY BOY, a post-apocalyptic novel based on environmental collapse, is widely used in junior and senior high schools across the United States. THE SURVIVORS, just out from HarperCollins, is the long-awaited sequel, and received a "Starred" review from Kirkus.

Other young adult novels include CLAWS, set in northeastern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and featuring outdoor survival with a strong family back-story. FULL SERVICE won starred reviews from Kirkus and Horn Books for its focus on a young man struggling with matters of religious faith and doubt. DEFECT is a novel about a teenager born with a miraculous birth abnormality, and his struggle to fit in (or not). His STRIKING OUT, FARM TEAM and HARD BALL baseball series for young adults has a lasting place in school libraries across the country.

As an author, Mr. Weaver is particularly concerned with youth literacy, and young men in particular. His Motornovel Series includes SATURDAY NIGHT DIRT and its sequel, SUPER STOCK ROOKIE (2009), which focus on dirt track stock car racing. The series starts with a small town speedway and a diverse cast characters who come there, for different reasons, every Saturday night. CHECKERED FLAG CHEATER is the third in this popular series. Reviewed on "Good Morning America," the Motornovels were described as "great teen reads, and not just for boys."

An avid outdoorsman and popular public speaker, Will Weaver lives with his wife on the Mississippi River in northern Minnesota.

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SUPER STOCK ROOKIE is another fast-paced racing story by Will Weaver. This is the second in his MOTOR NOVEL series and is sure to grab the attention of reluctant teen readers - even if they aren't particularly racing fans.

Trace Bonham has been racing Street Stock for years on small town tracks throughout the northern Midwest. Now, it's possible that he might get a chance to race a new, top-of-the-line Super Stock car. All he has to do is attend a tryout sponsored by a group called Team Blu and hope for the best.

Joining Trace are some of his friends from his hometown track at Headwaters Speedway. Mel runs the track with her dad. Patrick sings the national anthem before races, does grunt work around the track, and wishes he could be a driver someday. There are also other racing teams that have watched Trace grow into the racer he is today. All of them wish him the best at the tryout, but if he makes it, will his success change these longtime relationships?

Team Blu offers Trace the best of everything - a great new car, topnotch mechanics and pit crew, and a super trailer complete with his own quality sleeping quarters. He just has to drive fast, look great, and promote their product. Seems pretty simple, but ...

I'm not a racing fan at all, but I found myself caught up in the action from the very first page. Weaver's first MOTOR NOVEL, titled SATURDAY NIGHT DIRT, was also a page-turner, so I'm definitely looking forward to whatever follows next.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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Had it sent to my grandson, and he thought it was great, and will be ordering more.
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