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Junior Dragster Dreams: How Sam Found His Own Ride by C. J. Carter focuses on overcoming obstacles, uncovering family secrets and finding out who you really are.

 

Sam is not the happiest kid on the block. He barely remembers his father who was killed in Iraq when was just four years old. He is small for his age and he is constantly bullied by Truman at school. On the bright side of things he does have his best friend Chloe and his puppy Banjo to rely on. As a matter of fact, it's those two friends who are by Sam's side when he takes his last retaliation attempt at Truman just a little too far. It's so bad, Sam, Chloe and Banjo have to make a getaway to Sam's grandparents home, to hide from Truman and his Dad, and the Sheriff.

Now that Sam's grandparents are involved, they put Sam and Truman together for the weekend on a project. The two boys are forced to get along and work together to get an old car running again in grandpa's barn. The two boys find that they have a lot in common when it comes to cars. Things really get ramped up when the boys discover the dragster race track and that kids can drive them too. Sam learns that cars were his fathers passion. This secret had been kept from him because his mother did not want him to follow in the dangerous footsteps of his father and the world of drag racing. How will Sam convince his mother to allow him to compete in the junior dragster races?

Carter has done an excellent job of introducing young readers to the world of cars and drag racing. Kids will learn drag racing terminology and all about the cars. This unusual story brings together two kids who were enemies and turned their world around to friendship. That is a tough thing to do. This story is a quick and fun read with lots of emotional twists and turns. Young readers won't be able to put this page turner down. Parents and teachers will approve of this heartfelt story of family and friendship.

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