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"...a real page-turner ... riveting and profound" - Binghamton Children's Books Examiner
This might be the dumbest thing they've ever done.
Lacey Patterson just made an exciting - and dangerous - discovery.
She's found an old crate filled with surplus military rockets.
Now, she could do the right thing, like telling her dad...
Or she could do the fun thing, and talk her friends Kenny and Charlie into building a rocket-powered car on the outskirts of town.
It's not like anybody pays any attention to what they're up to. Her dad is still mourning her mom's passing after three years, so he's splitting his time between working and sitting alone in a dark house.
And Kenny's old man pretty much ignores him and his sister Darlene, unless they forget to feed the chickens... even then all they get is a whack and a bruise. That's why stealing parts from his shop seems like the best and worst part of the plan.
Charlie's dad might be their biggest problem... not only is he all attentive and curious and whatnot, he's the Sheriff. So keeping him in the dark is job one.
Of course, they've got no skills for building cars, and none of them even has a license. But with enough duct tape and baling wire, and a healthy dose of not-knowing-any-better, they're bent on making this a summer to remember... if they can just stay alive long enough to enjoy it.
If you're looking for a YA coming-of-age story that's funny, thrilling, and heart-breaking, this is the one.
"Rocket Summer is a book about coming of age issues, family issues, and friendship. However, it's also about accomplishing goals ... There were several instances in which I held my breath because it is a real page turner. You'll find yourself wanting to get to the end of the book to find out if they succeeded in building a rocket car that really works!
Then the tension created by Lacey's antagonist, Darlene (Kenny's older sister) provides great drama as the two girls rivaled each other in a display of mechanical and engineering talents and hands-on experience.
Street has a knack for writing riveting and profound opening lines and paragraphs that are metaphorically charged, as can be seen throughout many chapters in the book.
Rocket Summer is a great book to hold on to; kids will keep coming back for a second and third read!"
-D.B. Rhoomes - Binghamton Children's Books ExaminerTitle: Rocket Summer
Published by: Self
Release Date: 2012
Genre: YA Adventure
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