Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly

By Conrad Wesselhoeft
Seventeen-year-old Arlo Santiago lives for the Drone Zone that free, joyful, anti-gravity feeling. He achieves the Zone with risky motorcycle stunts on New Mexico roads, or while playing his favorite video game, Drone Pilot. His gaming skills are so off-the-charts, he s recruited by the U.S. Air Force to remotely operate real-life drones in Pakistan. How can he refuse the paycheck when his little sister s health is at stake? This pull-no-punches novel soars, with poetic style, focus on friends and family, philosophical life-and-death musings, and vividly drawn setting of a land at the intersection of mesa dust and tractor rust. "


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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""

* "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 Conrad'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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Publisher Hmh Books for Young Readers
Publish date 09/15/2015
Pages 352
ISBN-13 9780544542617
ISBN-10 0544542614
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