Winner of Young Adult Fiction

Winner of Best First Book





“The story fairly burns off the pages- older teenage boys will love it, adults will frown and talk about bad influences, so be warned.”

Lorraine Orman

“It's a novel that revs and snarls, and never loses traction.”

Judge's Report, NZ Post Children's Book Awards

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Thunder Road- you find it in any city after dark. It's where the street racers go to test their machines- and their nerve.

Trace has grown out of small town ways. In the city he hooks up with Devon, a guy with the golden touch, who introduces Trace to burn-offs, big-city style.

When Trace falls for a girl even Devon says is out of his league, loyalties are stretched. Then Devon hits on a scheme for hauling in cash. Soon he and Trace find out who really controls Thunder Road. As trouble closes in, everyone is heading for burnout- fast.

Full Acclaim

The story fairly burns off the pages- older teenage boys will love it, adults will frown and talk about bad influences, so be warned.

Lorraine Orman

It's a novel that revs and snarls, and never loses traction.

Judge's Report, NZ Post Children's Book Awards

This isn't just a book about fast cars, danger and proving oneself, it's about love, really, and loyalty...

Cass Alexander, Salient

I confidently predict that this novel will become the most stolen book in school libraries.

English in Australia

You'll be sucked into a world of menace, treachery and danger. Fabulous!

Ben Thorpe, Year 9, Around the Bookshops

... a riveting novel that this reviewer read in one sitting... clever, witty and a thoroughly good read.

Viewpoint

...glories in and vilifies the street-racing culture. A sobering and street-savvy revelation.

North & South