Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 15
- Grade: 6
Take a remote ranch near Spokane, Washington. Add a dirt-bike trail outfitter in need of junior guides. Now place the new guides- 15-year-old best friends Jake and Peter- in a trailer parked beside the ranch's motocross racetrack. It doesn't hurt, the boys figure, that their boss is a former motocross champion willing to coach them and drive them to local races. In fact, it all sounds like a perfect summer for Jake and Peter, who consider themselves the ideal team. Peter is a freestyle maniac who hates doing bike maintenance. Jake dreams of being a motocross-race mechanic without having to race himself. They ignore warnings from their boss and his 15-year-old female ranch hand (also a motocross racer) that their over-reliance on each other won't work if they're ever separated. It takes a series of race and trail mishaps topped off by a natural disaster to convince the boys that the most successful dirt bikers understand their motorcycles inside and out.
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.
Dirtbike DaredevilsIn this seventh title of the Take it to the Xtreme outdoor sports adventure series, fifteen-year-old best friends, Jake and Peter, find themselves as junior guides for a 150-acre motocross ranch just outside of Spokane, Washington. Jake loves the mechanical aspect of motorbikes. However, he must find it within himself to gain the confidence needed to ride the bike not only with his body, but also with his soul. Peter enjoys the thrill of the tricks associated with this challenging sport and couldn’t be bothered with the mechanical aspects of the bike. The boys must work together when a freak storm hits the ranch putting the owner, his fifteen-year-old female ranch hand and a pair of llamas at risk of dying.
President of Children’s Writers & Illustrators of British Columbia, Pam Withers has also been nominated for numerous awards for both her journalistic and fiction writing.
Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2007-2008.
Dirtbike Daredevils (Take It to the Xtreme)Best friends Jake and Peter ignore warnings about their over-reliance on one another. A series of mishaps teach them that dirt bikers need to know their motorcycles inside and out.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.