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Young Adult Fiction Law & Crime

A toda velocidad


by (author) Eric Walters

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Nov 2008
Law & Crime, Death & Dying, General
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    Publish Date
    Nov 2008
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    Publish Date
    Nov 2008
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18


Jake consiguió por fin su licencia de manejo y esta noche además puede usar el auto de su hermano. Junto con su amigo Mickey, Jake sale a pasear en el auto. Cuando desafían a otro conductor a una carrera callejera, una desastrosa reacción en cadena provoca un accidente. Jake y Mickey abandonan el lugar y tratan de convencerse de que son inocentes. Pero Jake no puede simplemente hacer como si nada hubiera pasado y se siente muy confundido. ¿Tendría que tratar de olvidar lo que pasó o debería ir a la policía?

Jake has finally got his driver's license, and tonight he has his brother's car as well. He and his friend Mickey take the car out and cruise the strip. When they challenge another driver to a street race, a disastrous chain reaction causes an accident. Jake and Mickey leave the scene, trying to convince themselves they were not involved. Jake finds he cannot pretend it didn't happen and struggles with the right thing to do. Should he pretend he was not involved? Or should he go to the police?

About the author

Eric Walters is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling novels for children and young adults. His novels have won numerous awards, including the Silver Birch, Blue Heron, Red Maple, Snow Willow, Ruth Schwartz, and Tiny Torgi, and have received honours from the Canadian Library Association Book Awards and UNESCO's international award for Literature in Service of Tolerance.

Eric lives in Mississauga with his wife, Anita, and three children, Christina, Nicholas, and Julia. When not writing or touring across the country speaking to school groups, Eric spends time playing or watching soccer and basketball, or playing the saxophone.

To find out more about Eric and his novels, or to arrange for him to speak at your school, visit his website at

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Excerpt: A toda velocidad: (Overdrive) (by (author) Eric Walters)

—Tenemos que irnos de aquí. No podemos hacer nada. Ya hay gente ayudándolos y llamando a la policía. Lo único que podemos hacer es buscarnos un problema.
—¡Dale! ¡Vamos!
Comencé a mover el carro. Tenía un ojo en la carretera y otro en el espejo retrovisor tratando de ver el accidente. Vi luces rojas intermitentes en la distancia. Por un momento quité el pie del acelerador. Entonces lo pisé hasta el fondo, gané en velocidad e hice una izquierda.

Editorial Reviews

"The book is written at a level accessible to most middle school students and is an excellent resource for ELL and struggling readers...The teen voice in this story is authentic."

Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media

"A fast moving and exciting book that will capture young teens' imagination and will keep them reading...Spanish speakers will be able to read them very quickly and will come back looking for more."

Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee

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