The award-winning young adult novel, Snowmobile Challenge, was first released in 2003. Judges at the Saskatchewan Book Awards wrote: The sixteen-year-old protagonist in Snowmobile Challenge looks deeply into himself after his best friend, Riley, dies in a snowmobile accident. Brad Klein comes to understand the difference between proving oneself in a race and proving oneself in life.
When his dad moves the family to a small town after the accident, Brad has a difficult time fitting in. Although Jodie Reed, one of the stars of the local hockey team, is friendly, her snowmobiling classmates, Hollander and Chickowski, are anything but! They, along with everybody else it seems, blame him for some snowmobile pranks that started when he moved to town. While working on a school project with Jodie, Brad discovers that his dad has been keeping his past successful oval snowmobile racing career hidden--but why?
Brad ponders this mystery and others as he's out riding his snowmobile. Can he learn to cope with feeling responsible for his friend's death? Make friends in Cromlech High School? Find out who's really pulling the snowmobile pranks?
A free teacher's guide is available for this novel. It also contains questions on Linda's nonfiction book -- Snowmobile Adventures: The Incredible Canadian Success Story from Bombardier to the Villeneuves.
- Linda Aksomitis, December 2011
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