Trace is sick of small town life. He moves to Auckland and finds himself rooming with Devon who's cynical, charismatic and seems to know what he's playing at. Trace is soon embroiled in street-racing, then crime and drugs - he's messing with a world of strict codes and brutal enf... read full description below.
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||1 October 2003 by Random House
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'Thunder Road' - you find it in any city after the cops are in bed. It's where street racers go to test their machines - and their nerve. For me it was ! the steep rising pitch of the turbo, the screaming tyres and curtain of white smoke hanging behind me: all the stuff that spells street racing. Trace is 19 and has grown out of small town ways. He's hungry for more. In Auckland he hooks up with Devon, a guy with the Midas touch, who introduces Trace to burn-offs, big city style. Soon everything is smoking. There is a code with us drivers: you don't criticise and you don't show fear. When Trace falls for a girl even Devon says is out of his league, loyalties are stretched. Then Devon hits on a scheme for hauling in cash. Soon enough he and Trace find out who really controls the strip. As the underworld closes in, it looks like their friendship is heading for burn-out. Menacing, suspenseful - a gripping novel from a remarkable talent.
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Winner of New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards: Best First Book 2004
Short-listed for LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Esther Glen Medal for Junior Fiction 2004
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Ted Dawe stunned readers with his impressive first novel Thunder Road - winner of the Best First Book Award and Senior Fiction category of the coveted New Zealand Post Childrens and Young Adults Book Awards. His subsequent YA novel K Road was published to warm reviews. Into the River won the 2013 New Zealand Post Book of the Year and caused great controversy over its inclusion of sex scenes and swearing. Ted lives in Auckland, New Zealand, where he teaches English to foreign students.