Give a Boy a Gun ) introduces 16-year old Kennin Burnett. He ha"/>

DriftX: Slide or Die

Todd Strasser, Author, Craig Phillips, Illustrator , illus. by Craig Phillips. Simon Pulse $6.99 (198p) ISBN 978-1-4169-0581-3

This first installment in a planned trilogy about cars, girls and race by veteran author Strasser (Give a Boy a Gun ) introduces 16-year old Kennin Burnett. He has moved to Las Vegas from California with his older sister to be near their surviving parent—a dirtbag father, who's imprisoned in a Club Fed–type facility for Internet fraud. Kennin makes a friend, Tito, at the casino garage where they work washing the high-rollers' Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys. Though Kennin is deliberately vague, somewhere in his mysterious California past, he picked up a passion for "drifting," a form of racing which involves skidding around turns while going downhill. Though neither Tito nor Kennin is old enough to drive, Tito's sister, Angelita is. And in her, Kennin finds a mature soulmate, and a girl who knows her way around an RB25DET engine. She also owns a vehicle—a Nissan 240 SX. This becomes important when Kennin is recruited to compete against a racist classmate in a "tsuiso," the Japanese term for a two-car race to the bottom of the hill. The book ends, abruptly, without the race taking place, but the hip subject matter, manga-style illustrations, short chapters and quick pace are sure to attract an audience who will demand the next installment, Battle Drift , due in April. Ages 14-up. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 01/02/2006
Release date: 01/01/2006
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