Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 18
- Grade: 7 to 12
Just as sixteen-year-old Andreo, skilled in death-defying ironman events in wilderness regions, is about to compete in rugged Bolivia, he and his friend Raul (another Bolivian adoptee) begin to suspect that their adoptive parents have unwittingly acquired them illegally. Plotting to use the upcoming race to pursue the truth, they veer on an epic journey to locate Andreo's birth parents, only to find themselves hazardously entangled with a gang of baby traffickers. Never suspecting that attempting to bring down the ring would endanger their very lives, the boys plunge ahead. Compelling, poignant, and heart-stopping, Andreo's Race takes readers on a perilous quest to discover the true meaning of family.
About the author
Award-winning author Pam Withers has written numerous bestselling sports and adventure books for teens, including four for Orca Book Publishers: Camp Wild, Breathless, Daredevil Club and . Pam is a former outdoor guide, journalist, editor and associate publisher. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and tours North America extensively. For more information, visit www.pamwithers.com.
“The race .... makes absorbing reading but serves largely as a backdrop to Andreo's stubborn pursuit of his Quechua birth mother's identity. [Withers] closes her tale with a round of fulsome apologies that neatly cements Andreo's troubled relationship with his adoptive family.” - Kirkus Reviews
“This action-packed book revolves around the topics of adventure races and illegal adoptions, managing to make both interesting and highly readable .... The experience of adventure racing is brought to life in the story, with readers experiencing the intensity of training and competition through Andreo .... The simple, straightforward language, surprise twist, and nonstop action will appeal to reluctant readers looking for a thrilling novel.” - School Library Journal