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Children's Fiction Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse

Racing Fear

by (author) Jacqueline Guest

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Jun 2012
Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse, Peer Pressure
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jun 2012
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2004
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2004
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
  • Reading age: 7 to 10


Trent and Adam were best friends and rally racing buddies until a terrible accident, when Adam was at the wheel, puts Trent in the hospital. After a long separation, the teens try to pick up their friendship where it left off, but Adam's guilty feelings and Trent's odd behaviour make it tough. Why is Trent hanging around Marcus, a guy he says he can't stand? And why isn't his Ritalin working anymore?
When Adam discovers Trent is dealing with the dark side, it's a race to save his friend from himself. Racing Fear is an action-packed ride that takes a hard look at the selling of prescription drugs.

About the author

Award-winning author JACQUELINE GUEST is the author of numerous Lorimer novels, including the Arthur Ellis Award nominee Wild Ride and A Goal in Sight, which was shortlisted for a Golden Eagle Children's Choice Book Award. Many of her novels have also been Canadian Children's Centre Our Choice selections including the SideStreets novel At Risk, and the Sports Stories novels Hat Trick, Free Throw, and Soccer Star. Jacqueline Guest lives in Bragg Creek, Alberta.

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Editorial Reviews

"This novel is a good combination of sporting action, suspense and romance. Guest does a marvelous job of telling a good story and provoking thought about current teen concerns and yet leaving the reader satisfied with a good read along with a positive message. Highly recommended."

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Racing Fear is an enjoyable book. It will appeal to students who suffer from ADHD or have been in a car accident and are finding it difficult to 'get back in the saddle again.'"

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"[Racing Fear is fast-paced and has good character development and natural dialogue. The theme of friendship is incorporated into the story in a realistic way without being too obvious. Suitable for reluctant readers."

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Librarian Reviews

Racing Fear

In this book in the SideStreets series, Adam and Trent’s friendship comes to a skidding halt when Adam loses control of the car and sends them hurtling over a cliff. Now they are once again trying to rebuild their friendship but Trent’s ADHD and the interference of driver extraordinaire, Marcus, is leading Trent down a dangerous path. Will Adam be able to help his friend out of yet another difficult jam at the same time getting past the crippling fear he has suffered from ever since the accident?

Guest has been nominated for a National Aboriginal Achievement Award and the prestigious Esquao Award for outstanding achievement by an Aboriginal woman.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2009-2010.

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