TRACKTOWN SUMMER by Elizabeth Holmes


Age Range: 10 - 14
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The seven houses that make up Tracktown are sandwiched between railroad tracks and a lake. None of the residents are well off; this part of the lake is polluted by sewage and street runoff. Jake, 12, is just visiting his Dad for the summer, but this is Adrian’s year-round home. Jake’s been looking forward to time with his father, but Dad needs to work, leaving Jake on his own to fall in with Adrian, who says he’s 14 and is ever so much stronger and cooler. Uneasy moments occur when Adrian tells of exotic offstage parents, drives his stepsister’s car without a license and even attacks Jake out of the blue. Sensible neighbor girl Allie and other oddball residents could provide support, but neither boy believes he needs it. At first seeming more like stock characters, both Jake and Adrian achieve distinct personalities by the end, as they discover freedom isn’t everything. A summer by the lake should be perfect, but the imperfections that surface for these boys as the tale unfolds are increasingly absorbing. Good, solid and real. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-525-47946-8
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2009


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