Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly
Seventeen year-old dirt-bike-riding daredevil Arlo Santiago catches the eye of the U.S. military with his first-place ranking on a video game featuring drone warfare, and must reconcile the work they want him to do with the emotional scars he has suffered following a violent death in his family. Adios, Nirvana author Conrad Wesselhoeft, takes readers from the skies over war-torn Pakistan to the dusty arroyos of New Mexico's outback in this young adult novel about daring to live in the wake of unbearable loss.
Readers will worry, laugh and ultimately soar along with Arlo as he finds his way. Nuanced supporting characters and a vivid New Mexico landscape ground Arlo s dilemma, creating a superbly well-balanced narrative. "Kirkus, " starred review
A moving story about loss, love, and learning to let go. "School Library Journal"
Wesselhoeft s mesmerizing descriptions of Arlo s New Mexico home...and giddy exhiliration when he s riding his Yamaha bike...will keep readers in the thrill of the moment. "Publishers Weekly"
Features both a supporting cast lit up with larger-than-life characters and a protagonist who loves flying recklessly close to the edge but makes right choices in the clutch. "Booklist""
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