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Orca Sports
Kick Start
9781459818132 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / General Aug 27, 2019
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.38 in 144 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
Mitch is in a race against time.

When Mitch Harding makes an impulse buy, he really goes big. He spends his entire savings on a wrecked dirt bike after witnessing a rider crash it at an Endurocross race. He is now the proud owner of a used bike, one that needs a lot of work. With the help of his uncle, an ex-pro rider, and new friend Kelsey, a championship rider herself, they get the bike up and running. But a bet with the previous owner threatens to strip Mitch of his hard-earned vehicle. Whoever wins the next race gets to keep the bike.

Mitch is determined to win. But partway through the race he discovers Kelsey lying on the trail, her bike on its side. With serious injuries and no way to get help, Kelsey has no choice but to ride out. But as Mitch and Kelsey push to get off the mountain, the path to safety gets more complicated.

Michele Martin Bossley is the author of numerous books for young people, including Jumper and Kicker in the Orca Sports series. A frequent speaker at writing conferences and schools, Michele divides her time between writing and parenting her four sons. She lives in Calgary.

Key Selling Points
One of the characters, Kelsey, is based on real life dirt biker, Shelby Turner.
This book looks at environmental activism and encourages discussion.
The act of sabotaging recreational riders (with barbed wire, etc.) who use government owned land, whether they are on mountain bikes or motorized vehicles to protest environmental abuse is on the rise and topical.
The mother of four boys, two of which raced dirt bikes in high school, Michele Martin Bossley has watched many a dirt bike race and is well versed in sport-specific expressions like “whiskey-gripping” and “casing the landing.”

Marketing and Promo Plans

Print and online advertising campaigns
Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
Planned appearance at local writers festival
Extensive ARC distribution
Blog post and social media promotion
Outreach in Orca newsletter

“With appeal that stretches far beyond dirt bikes, this story tackles loyalty, sacrifice, friendship, family, trust, bravery, and justice, and the antagonist has a terrific, well-written change of heart.” - Booklist

“It’s wonderful to read a book about a female character in such a male-dominated sport. The plot is also exciting as the reader follows along in the bike’s repair and Mitch’s first few dirt bike rides which scare him. Both Mitch and Kelsey are strong characters, something which stands out and makes the story believable.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A story about friendship, dealing with bullies, and making the most of what you have.” - Resource Links

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