THE TOOM COUNTY MUD RACE by Herb Karl

THE TOOM COUNTY MUD RACE

Age Range: 13 - 16
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 High-schooler Jackie Crockett, his aptly nicknamed sidekick Juan ``Snake'' Gomez, and Bonnie Galloway, his steady-cum- mechanic are determined to win the mud race even though it means driving through country so swampy that even fancy four-wheel- drive vehicles have been known to sink without a trace. To complicate matters, the trio has fallen afoul of sinister migrant labor supervisor X Slocum and his locally prominent boss, L. T. Hackett--it seems that Hackett has lost one of the mysteriously important packages in which he's been surreptitiously trafficking, and Snake has found it. At the outset, Jackie warns readers that ``this book has a lot in it about pickup trucks, and mud''; it also features a certain amount of gratuitously crude comedy, a contrived plot, hilariously ineffectual bad guys, and expertly done cliffhangers at the end of nearly every chapter. A patchy but nonstop first novel. (Fiction. 13-16)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-385-30540-0
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1992