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Scarlet Thunder
By author: Sigmund Brouwer
Selling Points: "Stock-car racing, film-making"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2008
Lexile Level: HL650L
Fry Reading Level: 4.1
Pages: 176
Fiction Ages 10+
Price:  $9.95
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In a quick movement, he filled my viewfinder completely. Before I could figure out what had happened, he had grabbed me by the shoulders. He pulled a ballpoint pen from his pocket and stuck the sharp end of it against my throat.

It hurt. Bad. I wondered if I was bleeding. If he pushed any harder, the pen could burst through my windpipe.

He continued, still sounding oddly casual, "Like I said. When I take this kid's camera and walk out of here with the videocassette, there is definitely nothing you can prove."

Trenton Hiser is trying to walk in the footsteps of his uncle, Mike Hiser, a successful Hollywood director. During Trenton's summer vacation, he goes with his uncle to film the inside story of Scarlet Thunder, a top-level stock-car racing team. As they film the action, too many things go wrong, deadly mistakes are made and Trenton finds out that much more than the race is at stake.
Puget Sound Council - September 1, 2009
"An exciting high-stakes adventure where readers can easily imagine the adrenaline thrill of the racetrack and root for Sandy's efforts to overcome the labels she attracts. There is adequate character development for discussion and reluctant readers will find the 4.1 RL approachable."
Middler Books and More blog - May 8, 2009
"It was quick and easy to read, like a summer novel; it was exciting in the right way, because the action crept up on me until, before I knew it, I was totally engaged in the story; and it provided a lot of the background readers never see on television, enhancing the drama."
CM Magazine - November 7, 2008
"Any teens who are interested in cars will dive right into this fast moving hi-lo novel that offers a gritty picture of the details of racing cars."
South Western Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - September 16, 2008
"A good, fun and easy read that guys and girls will both enjoy. Another Orca Sports winner!"
NMRLS Youth Services Book Review - July 28, 2008
"Brouwer does a great job at conveying the combination of excitement and danger that makes racing so attractive to competitors and spectators alike."
Resource Links - June 1, 2008
"An exciting read for late junior/early intermediate readers and especially good for the high interest/low vocabulary crowd."


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