I’m a motorbike enthusiast, but I had never attended a motocross event until a while ago. Luckily my girls Dana and Kirsten invited me to one and the dirt bike maneuvers in the event were simply exhilarating. I must say that attending that event is the best thing that ever happened to me because from that point, my interest in dirt bikes spiked. Since then, I have been browsing everything around dirt bikes at magicbike.net. Another of my friends noticed a spike in my interest in dirt bikes and recommended this book titled ‘Dirt Bike Runaway (Matt Christopher Sports Classics).’
Which is why I’m now curled on the sofa with the title
My routine before reading any book is to check out reviews online. The reviews in this case were a little…umm, interesting and the fact that the title centered on teenagers got me started on it right off. The author, Mathew Christopher, is the go-to guy for any young reader looking to buy topics depicting action-packed and fast-paced sports books. He has featured severally on the bestseller lists for putting out well over 100 books pertaining to sports for young readers.
Tracking the trail of Peter Lewinski
The book details the life of a teenager, Peter Lewinski, who escapes from his foster home, where he lives with the Bentleys, because of mistreatment. He runs away with his dirt bike and it actually turns out that he knows his way around the streets. He is able to take bikes apart, reassemble them and is also an excellent dirt bike racer.
Apparently, with all these skills at his disposal, he does not really get his big break, and finally comes to terms with the fact that he might have crossed a line he may never be able to cross back. His only option is to make friends with two complete strangers who turn out to be dangerous. He soon comes face to face with trouble on the race track. The book is interesting in many ways and can keep you glued to it for long stretches. However, there are minor concerns that could negatively influence a teenager if taken literally, for instance, incidences of underage drinking and abuse among teenagers.
There are some important takeaways from the copy, and I especially enjoyed the bit about hotwiring a motorbike, which the teens manage to execute quite flawlessly.
Going beyond Peter
Some of the other characters in this book are Jesse Kutter, Dexter Pasina, and Peter’s sister. There is this one part when Dexter and Peter are enemies until Dexter suggests that they run some errands together. The errand, apparently, involves stealing automobile parts to which Peter categorically says no. A bitter argument follows and ultimately turns nasty, with the two starting a fight. Dexter administers a knockout blow to Peter.
The end of the dirt bike runaway is however a happy one as Peter and Dexter forge a strong friendship. I would recommend this book to any teenager out there looking for a book on dirt bike racing and the challenges that come along with having to leave your home at teenage years. It is an explosive piece about a teen that bursts from the pages of a book to impact positively on dirt bike-loving people all around.