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Trace Bonham is living large as the teen driver for a professional Super Stock racing team. He's the poster boy for a nationwide advertising campaign. He's on the road instead of stuck in high school. And he's blowing away the competition wherever he races. Off the track, Trace gets all sorts of perks, from the highway cop who cuts him some slack after seeing his face on a billboard, to the attentions of "fence bunnies" who hop his way wherever he goes. But with every victory on the track--and every protest from other drivers that his engine is illegal--Trace is increasingly aware that his winning is due to more than just his driving skills. And he knows that with his girlfriend back home he's not playing it straight either. The stakes are high and the action is fast in this freestanding sequel to Super Stock Rookie, as a brilliant young athlete seems headed for a spin-out from which he may not be able to recover.
"Life will sooner or later show its claws." --Anton Chekov. For sixteen-year-old Jed Berg, life couldn't be sweeter. He's gotten his driver's license, landed a major girlfriend, and made number one singles in varsity tennis. His dad has even begun to let him drive his 1969 Chevy Camaro -- he's the envy of every guy at school. Then Jed meets his nemesis, a strange punk chick who seems to know everything about Jed -- and about his family. She has a secret to share, a secret so unsettling it triggers a chain of dreadful events. From the streets of Duluth to the treacherous wilderness of northern Minnesota, acclaimed author Will Weaver spins a mesmerizing story of two unforgettable teenagers caught in a web of love, betrayal, and survival.
Maybe it was bad karma. Maybe it was just bad luck. Whatever the reason, fifteen-year-old David was born defective. His bug eyes, pinched face, and hearing aids are obvious, but there is a secret David keeps from everyone, even his foster parents. Because of a thin layer of skin hidden under each arm, David can fly--well, glide is more like it. Terrified of doctors, wary of letting down his guard, David is determined to hide his secret at any cost. But then David meets Cheetah, a girl whose own defect doesn't diminish her spirit, and suddenly his life begins to take wing.In this arresting new novel, Will Weaver creates an unforgettable character on the path to discovering that some blessings can be a curse--and some curses a blessing.
With his father in jail and his mother working full-time, fourteen-year-old Billy Baggs finds himself in charge of running the family farm in northern Minnesota and having to give up the thing he loves most--baseball.
Is there any greater thrill than staring down your opponent across the poker table, waiting for the card that will make or break your hand? Acclaimed YA novelist Pete Hautman would know--he's been a poker fanatic for thirty years. And with poker now an international TV phenomenon, the time seems right for an anthology about this most exciting game. From a contest that pits a hapless teen against his girlfriend's redneck family, to a midnight game with the Devil, to an Internet poker scheme gone horribly wrong, the stories here brilliantly reveal how poker can both irrevocably affect and eerily imitate teenage life.
The times they are a-changin' . . The summer that Paul turns sixteen his mother pushes him to take a job in town instead of just working on the family farm. "You need to meet the public," she says, which is saying a lot for a woman deeply committed to the tightly knit religious community to which they belong. And meet the public Paul does: He meets Kirk, the angry gas station manager; Harry, a reclusive and kindly gangster; and a family of hippies passing in a yellow peace van to San Francisco. He also meets beautiful Peggy, a high school sensation, and dark-haired Dale, her on the- side boyfriend who is headed to Vietnam. All of them come to the station - as well as girls on summer vacation, tanned and smelling of coconut oil, and ministers from Paul's fundamentalist church, who are worried about his soul. As the summer progresses, Paul learns the secrets of his small Minnesota town and discovers that he's ready to have a few secrets of his own. With richly developed characters and a flair for arresting imagery, Will Weaver tells the story of the end of one boy's innocence, unfolding at a time when the country as a whole is undergoing a difficult, deeply disturbing coming-of-age.
A fourteen-year-old Minnesota farm boy has to figure out how to get along with the arch-rival in his love life and on the baseball diamond, and both boys must learn how to deal with the unfair expectations of their fathers.
Worldwide disaster strikes early in the new millennium. A chain of cataclysmic volcanic explosions sends a cloud of ash into the atmosphere--three years later, the ash is still falling. Sunlight is scarce. Food is rationed. Cities are becoming wastlands of looting and murder. And sixteen-year-old Miles Newell is sure his family is in increasing danger. Escaping Minneapolis on the Ali Princess-- Miles's startling invention--the Newells hope to find comparative safety int he country. But as the family travel deeper into rural Minnesota, they find that people everywhere have changed. No one can be trusted. In this gripping adventure, a family leave behind all they've ever known to journey into the wilderness and an uncertain future.
It's a sizzling summer Saturday, and Headwaters Speedway has suddenly become the place to be. Thanks to rain outs across the state, this small-town dirt track is drawing both big-time stock cars and local drivers. There's Trace Bonham, whose Street Stock Chevy is acting up in a big way. And Beau Kim, whose "stone soup" Modified has been patched together from whatever parts he could scrape up. And no one could forget Amber Jenkins, a strawberry blonde who has what it takes to run rings around them all. Keeping everyone on track is Melody Walters, who knows that the impending rain might be exactly what they need to keep her father's speedway afloat--or sink it for good. In Will Weaver's high-revving novel, the first in the Motor series, a cast of car-obsessed teens and adults are all out to prove themselves, both on and off the quarter-mile track, as they move through their day on a collision course to meet on Saturday night dirt.
Since the death of his older brother, thirteen-year-old Billy Baggs has had a distant relationship with his father, but life on their farm in northern Minnesota begins to change when he starts to play baseball.
Filled with authentic race-car action and detail, Weaver's fast-paced novel--the second in his Motor series--is the story of a boy struggling with the speed and demands of his own success.
Two years ago, the ash started falling like gray snow. The volcanoes had erupted. . . . For Miles and his sister, Sarah, the real disaster started in the violent aftermath-when they were forced to leave their cushy suburban home and flee to the north woods for safety. Miles got them to a cabin, but now winter is setting in. All they have to get them through is the milk from Sarah's prized possession-her goat-and Miles's memory of wilderness survival skills. When Sarah tries to regain some normalcy by attending the local school, she realizes she is no longer quite the person she used to be. Now she is Goat Girl, a Traveler, and it's hard to pretend she isn't. And when a horrific twist of fate robs Miles of his memory, he discovers the heart of his true identity. They knew the volcanoes would change the world. Now, in order to survive, they must change with it. Will Weaver delivers an extraordinary sequel to Memory Boy, showing that several basic instincts lie deep inside us all: love, fear, and survival.
Fresh stories by award-winning writer Will Weaver complement selected favorites from his original collection, 'A Gravestone Made of Wheat', to offer a vivid portrait of swirling, intergenerational changes in the Midwest. New highlights include "Blaze of Glory," a poignant tale of an RV road trip and a senior couple's "last time"; "Haircut," in which a young boy and his beloved grandfather struggle to communicate across a great cultural divide; and "The Last Farmer," the capstone story of a high-tech farmer's dilemma with history and an old house on his land. Twelve stories in all portray the yearnings of the human spirit and the transformation of America's heartland.