Saturday Night Dirt
Saturday Night Dirt
A MOTOR Novel
By Will Weaver
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374350604, 176pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2008
It’s a sizzling summer Saturday, and Headwaters Speedway has suddenly become the place to be. Thanks to rainouts 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.Saturday Night Dirt is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
“If you have a young car-racing fan in your family, this book is the perfect summer reading choice: It’s a face-paced story about a struggling speedway in northern Michigan and features a great cast of characters, all car-obsessed teens. Great for boys and girls.” —Good Morning America
“For rugged reality, pick up Saturday Night Dirt by Will Weaver, a high-energy story about cars and small-town racing.” —Parade magazine
“In small-town Northern Minnesota, the place to be on Saturday night is Headwaters Speedway, a dirt racetrack. Local teens gather to race, work on the pit crew, watch the action . . . Lots of car talk and racing, some rivalries and a bit of romance keep the pace fast and enjoyable, even for non-race fans.” —The Providence Journal“Weaver fleshes each [character] out enough to leave a lasting impression on readers and make them curious to know what happens next.” —Publishers Weekly “Thoroughly enjoyable...this book presents a fascinating look at small-time racing where the love of it gives the glitz of NASCAR its roots.” —School Library Journal “Compelling...It is the atmosphere of the track that is the real star here.Young racing fans, particularly those familiar with the small tracks that dot rural parts of the country, will find much that rings true.” —Booklist “Librarians need to steer boys who tinker with internal combustion engines to Weaver's latest work. Short chapters and a brisk pace...may attract those reluctant readers who can recite the firing order of a V-8 and know how to tighten down a valve cover.”—Kirkus Reviews “The racing lingo moves the story along, while the reader's interest remains piqued wondering how all the characters will fit together, who will end up with whom, and who will win their heart's desire. This book is a winner in a sports event rarely dealt with by young adult authors.” —VOYA “I was pleasantly surprised when I began reading Saturday Night Dirt. I was completely absorbed. I really felt like I could identify with the characters. I read the book in one day. It was impossible to put down.” —Ben, 17 “The book Saturday Night Dirt has been one of the best books I've read.” —Hannah, 13 “I loved the book Saturday Night Dirt. Anyone who reads this book will change the way they look at dirt tracks forever.”—Bethany, 13 “Saturday Night Dirt is a great book. I have never been a big racing fan, but even so, this was an awesome book. I can't wait for the next one.” —Kyle, 14