‘Speed Freak’ by Fleur Beale

reviewed by Sharon Giacon, Green Bay School Librarian

Archie, 15 years old and third generation kart racer, is focussed on winning sponsorship to race the internationals in Portugla in the sport he lives and breathes. The story follows Archie through this curcial season of kart racing supported by his dad, short tempered grandfather and newly acquired ‘step brother’ Felix, through Archie’s nely blended family.

Archie is an honest, likeable character who remains unflappable and strategic on the track as his main rival Craig aims to beat him whatever it takes.

I was pleasantly surprised at how easily I was drawn into the story, enjoying a sport I know little about. author Fleur Beale once again writes an absorbing well paced story suitable for both boys and girls of intermediate age who enjoy the thrill of the race track.

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