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Children's Fiction Cars & Trucks

Fast Track

by (author) Anthony Hampshire

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Sep 2005
Cars & Trucks
Recommended Age
12 to 18
Recommended Grade
7 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2005
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"There was no warning, just a loud metallic bang, and the engine noise stopped instantly. Everything immediately went white, as if I was a plane that had suddenly flown straight into a cloud. The cockpit of the car filled with thick, white smoke, stinging my eyes and nose. I couldn't even see the steering wheel, much less the road ahead."

Eddie Stewart has what it takes to become a top racing driver--everything, that is, except money. That hasn't stopped him and his team from sinking all their savings into a Trans-Am Mustang and entering it in their first pro race. But it will take more than skill and nerve to make it to the victory podium. Eddie is about to learn that some drivers will do anything to win--even play by their own set of rules.

About the author

Anthony Hampshire is a rural school principal who has been an educational technology consultant, classroom teacher, football coach and, naturally, a racing driver! Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and London, England, Anthony has earned national and provincial awards for his work in school curriculum and media. He sees his writing as an opportunity to both encourage reading in young people and to build character. He has authored educational software, and is a regular conference presenter and workshop leader. He lives in Millarville, Alberta, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.

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Editorial Reviews

"This series is ideal for reluctant readers. The short books are enjoyable, and the characters are fun to read about. Although the stories are not action packed, they provide the right level of humor, romance, action, and suspense to keep readers interested. The writing is simple and descriptive. The story is predictable yet absorbing. The pacing is quick, as a racing story should be, with funny, idiosyncratic, and heroic characters. They could be the boys next door, so readers will identify with them and root for them. A useful glossary is included, and photos, although some of very poor quality, are sprinkled throughout the books. This short series is a worthwhile purchase for young racing fans."
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

"Racing-scenes are limited in number and length, but are very well done and accurately use racing terminology to describe events. . . Hampshire's stories will appeal to racing fans and anyone who roots for underdogs."
School Library Journal

"With each book in the Redline Racing Series, the reader is drawn into the racing world and held there spellbound and breathless until the final lap is run. Anthony Hampshire has succeeded in creating realistic and multidimensional protagonists who must overcome challenges and conflicts. Each of these books is a captivating read, hard to put down once you start.
Highly recommended
Canadian Book Review Annual

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