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Orca Soundings
Fastback Beach
9781551432670 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Law & Crime North America Sep 01, 2003
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.3 in 128 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
CCBC Our Choice 2004, Commended
On probation for car theft, Miles has to stand up to his friends and do the right thing.

Miles Derkach is in trouble. Along with two friends, he stole a car and went joyriding. When the dust clears, he is all alone and his friends have left, leaving him to take the blame—and the punishment—while maintaining his silence. Placed on probation and sentenced to community service, Miles begins working for a man who after suffering a stroke and not being able to drive, has kept his beloved hot rod under wraps in the garage. Seeing a chance to learn more about cars and pursue his dream of becoming a mechanic, Miles helps to restore the car. When the hot rod is stolen and Miles is the prime suspect, he realizes that he must confront his friends and stand up for himself.

Shirlee Smith Matheson is the author of several critically acclaimed books for young adults. Her stories are inspired by the universal struggle to fit in as an adolescent, especially those who have been uprooted from their homes and familiar surroundings. For more information, visit

"Knowledgeable car buffs will enjoy Matheson's auto-laced language...Recommended." - Canadian Book Review Annual

"A likeable hero, appealing to more than just the mechanically inclined who will be steered toward this book." - KLIATT

"This is a good pick for boys who are reluctant readers. From the starting lap through to the finish line, it will rev up their enthusiasm." - Resource Links

Fastback Beach does a superb job of illustrating the struggles teenagers go through when there is a conflict between what they believe is right and what their friends are doing. This is the story of an adolescent becoming an adult, making decisions, and dealing with the consequences of his actions. Highly Recommended.” - CM Magazine

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