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Saturday Night Dirt (Motor #1)

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It’s a sizzling summer Saturday, and Headwaters Speedway has suddenly become the place to be. Thanks to rainouts across the state, this small-town dirt track is drawing both big-time stock cars and local drivers. There’s Trace Bonham, whose Street Stock Chevy is acting up in a big way. And Beau Kim, whose “stone soup” Modified has been patched together from whatever parts ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Alex Hulbert
This book takes place in Minnesota. Melody Walters, the track manager, helps her dad run Headwaters Speedway which doesn’t have much money. Melody is a really great person and will do anything to help her father. At Headwaters Speedway they race sprint cars and super stock cars. Melody is trying to get some big named drivers to come and race at the raceway to try and bring a big amount of money so the speedway doesn’t go out of business. There is one catch though; there is a thunderstorm coming ...more
Zach Miller
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Bridget
Hm. An average book in my estimation. This is my second Will Weaver book and I'm not blown away by it.

PROS: It short, the length is not intimidating. It's very easy to read. There is no language, violence, or sex - nothing to send parents into a fit. There are both male and female protagonists. It's a local, relateable setting and a relateable plot (I think - to me at least).

CONS: It lacks some of the depth in other books. The revolving cast of characters means you get to know each one less - so
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Caden
This book was all about racing, and race cars. This book is about Mel and her dads race track. Its not a very big town, and not many people race there. The city is even thinking about shutting the race track down! Mel is trying to do everything she can to keep it open. Its Saturday night and who knows if they are gonna even race. There is rain headed there way and most of the other speedways already got hit and had to cancel. Mel is getting calls from other racers from a couple of hours away and ...more
Jmanx25
This book was pretty cool because of the cars it mentions they use at the races. They have old muscle cars and i am a big fan of them. The book was pretty good but dry at times where i began to lose focus and then get back too thinking about the book. I didn't enjoy it too much except for the cars that is really what left me holding on threw the rest of the book. I thought there would be more action in racing but it really was not that much action but more of a drama. I was a little bit disappoi ...more
Terri
"Saturday Night Dirt" is by Minnesota author, Will Weaver. I like Will Weaver, and I liked this book. The book is told in turns by each of the central figures in the story. The novel takes place all on one summer day and night at a small dirt track named "Headwaters Speedway" located in Northern Minnesota. Johnny Waters, a paraplegic former race car driver, owns and runs the track with his teenage daughter, Mel. The track is failing and in danger of going under. But rain, on this particular day, ...more
Hailey Huff
I loved this book it was fantastic! I couldn't put it down, it was so interesting. I think everyone should read this book because of how good it was! My favorite part was when trace got a full ride on being sponsered by a super stock race car driver, Cal Hopkins. My other favorite part was when they got all of the race car drivers came to headwaters race track to race and they got all the races done just in time before the storm hit. This book was a non-fiction book and the title fit it very wel ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

It's not NASCAR or the Indy 500. It is small town, dirt track racing. There's dust in the air, and colorful characters racing their cars around the track. There's plenty of competition, an intense desire to win, and enough mystery and intrigue to keep even non-racing fans on the edge of their seats.

SATURDAY NIGHT DIRT is set at Headwaters Speedway in Minnesota. Mel Walters and her father, Johnny Walters, are struggling to keep thei
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Alex Nyaata
I like this book because of how the was made with the reasonability of the different characters and how their role took place. One reason is Mel, Mel had to take care of the track while her dad was sick. She organized the races and made sure everybody was in to shape. While Trace was one of the best mod four cars he had a problem with the engine in his car.
My Favorite part of the book is when trace was driving and his car went out of control and tipped over. While this happened Amber was comin
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Tweller83
Good for sports/reluctant readers.

"Northern Minnesota's Headwaters Speedway is running high on both octane and energy as it prepares to host big-time stock cars and local drivers for Saturday night's competition on its dirt track. Owner and former racer Johnny Walters is relying on this event to give his track a financial boost, and his daughter Melody, track manager, keeps things running smoothly in spite of the looming rainstorm that threatens to cancel the race. Accompanied by stories told by
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Penny Ziegler
Quick Read ~ Fiction

VOYA Book Review Codes ~ Quality 5A; Popularity 4P; Grade Level Interest M, J, S

Developmental Assets: 2, 4, 10, 14, 18, 26, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34

This was a fast paced book that takes place on a warm summer Saturday between noon and 8 p.m. at a small Minnesota dirt speedway. Each new chapter uses the name of a character in the book and revolves around this character. The book is subdivided into four sections - noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. The first three sections each end with a
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Trevor
Will Weaver knows his dirt racing - I am thrilled to have read in the liner notes that his publishers sponsor the modified (type of race car) he owns. This is a hardcore racing novel for young racing fans. All the better if this young fan has a local dirt track she or he visits on occasion. I would have loved this as a kid - hell, I love the book now! Before I ever went to a NASCAR event, I had gone to numerous Friday night racing programs at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, NY. I couldn't ...more
Makoti Thurman
I liked this book and checkered flag cheater the same because they are realy good books and they are fun to read. These books are the coolest because I like racing alot, because my uncle races a superstock just like the main character Trace. I like the main character because i think he is lucky. I think he is lucky because he gets to take his high school class on line and just travel and race. Trace races someone elses car. He races for team blu racing. I would recomend this book to anybody tha ...more
Corinna
Mar 11, 2011 Corinna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Middle school readers who like cars and racing
I read this because it was nominated for the Maud Hart Lovelace award this year. It's not a book I would have been likely to start otherwise, since dirt track auto is not really my thing. I was impressed by how Will Weaver drew me into the story and made the automotive and race related content accessible and enjoyable even to someone who knows very little about any of it. There were a lot of interesting characters including some strong female characters, and by then end, I was actually excited t ...more
Danielle
Aw, this book made me miss Friday nights up at the I-94 Speedway like no other. :o( I loved how Weaver followed people from all different walks of the small town racing world so the reader could see what racing is REALLY like. My NASCAR fans (and car enthusiasts) are sure to love this story.-------------------------Since we use Weaver's totally awesome "Memory Boy" as part of our literature circles AND--bonus!--he's a Minnesota author, I'm looking forward to reading this novel. Plus, this is the ...more
The Library Lady
I am not into auto racing at all. But if you'v read his baseball books you know that Will Weaver knows how to tell a good story and make his characters come alive. Here he introduces us to the denizers of a small town dirt track, from the owner's daughter to the guy who pushes wrecked cars off the track. The style of the introductions is a little awkward, but once the story gets going you begin to get involved with the different characters. There are a lot of loose ends that Weaver doesn't tie u ...more
Andrew Dalebout
I liked this book because there was suspense, action,and basically evrything exiting there anyone could put inside a book.One of my favorite parts in the book was when Trace finally catches Larry (the guy who worked for him) right in the midst of him trying to sabatoge Traces car and not make it run very well.
One of the other things that I liked about this book was the authors word choice. The best section of word choice came whenhe described the dry dirt come up "like a giant mushroom cloud"
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Stevecrandell
It helps to know your way around a car for this story. I don’t, but I still thought it was very fun and fast and well-written. I was lost among the engine details a few times, but it didn’t hurt my understanding of the story. With concentration, I could even pretend to learn something.

It was more of a disappointment to see the various storylines tie together so conveniently toward the end. There’s a lot of feel-good here. Overall this book is a winner for all sorts of readers. For teens who lik
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Taylor Schmidt
I loved this book right when I opened it up I thought will weaver does a fantastic job on writing books like this one. But I liked when trace got a full ride on being sponsored by a super stock race car driver. This book is about how good race car drivers there dreams come true. I also loved when was when they all of the race car drivers came to headwaters race track to race and they got all of the races done just in time before the storm hit I have to say that that was my favortite part. This ...more
Brenden Uran
Nov 06, 2014 Brenden Uran marked it as to-read
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Sue
summer reading continues - i have been avoiding the "boy/sports" books, but now i'm getting to the end. i really enjoyed this more than i thought i would. i could actually relate since i'm from south dakota, dated a gear head in the 70's and had an uncle who had a stock car. i've been to dirt tracks and the races and helped my boyfriend change out engines. i actually knew the terminology as well! don't know if new york/rochester city kids will relate but it is a quick interesting read.
Alex
Apr 29, 2008 Alex rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
It's Saturday night in rural Minnesota and only one thing matters; who is racing and who is going to win. For the small time race track Headwaters Speedway, this Saturday is make or break, and Melody Waters is doing everything she can to make this night count.
Told from multiple POVs from people involved in the races in all sorts of ways, Sat. Night Dirt is an action packed peak into the exciting world of racing.
Jagr
I really like this book because it was about girls, racing, and cars and those are three of my favorite things. In this book the charecter Trace is a race car driver and his is very good at racing. If you like any of the things I listed earlier than this is a good book for you. I think just in general anyone could read this book and be pleased. That is why I think you should read this book.
Courtney
It was a good book. Some people might have a hard time with the variety of characters and how each character has their point of view as a "chapter". I think it seems more like reality. Things don't happen in a he said, she said way in life...unless you are on in replay mode. When it is written the other way it is as if you are there and part of the action.
Pam
Ok I was just walking around in the library when I seen this book. It jumped right out at me. As a dirt track racer I loved that it was about dirt track racing. The best part it wasnt all about late models. It had a lot about the lower class cars. The writer knew what he was talking about when he wrote about the cars and motors. Love this book!
Karla
Dec 16, 2009 Karla rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: teens
Will Weaver brings the drama behind the Saturday Night dirt track racing to life. I was drawn into the lives of the characters and enjoyed the detailed description of the racing--detail that was good enough to help someone who doesn't follow racing understand what goes on during those high speed laps.
Nicole
I read this book as a part of the committee for our school community read. For kids who like NASCAR and cars in general, this is a fine choice. It's not aimed at me, however. And if I'm rating it for my personal level of enjoyment, it's right up there with a dishwasher manual.
Laura Leonard
A glimpse into the lives of many people involved in stock car racing. This is the story of the racers, track employees, and fans. I enjoyed getting to know about this life, but I think there were too many characters and therefore each one was not developed enough.
Katie Jenkins
I really enjoyed the book. It was well written but to many that are not racing fans, they may find it a bit boring and hard to keep reading it. It had a great plot.
Ryan Evans
It had great detail about everything that really goes on during race nights. My dads friends race, so I have always been around it. Really good book over all.
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I grew up on a small dairy farm in Minnesota. Had no idea I'd become a writer one day, but I enjoyed history and English classes in high school–along with lots of outdoor and team sports. Too skinny for football, good at basketball, great glove at third base but couldn't hit a curveball to save my life.

Off to college at Saint Cloud State University (Minnesota), and then the University in Minneapo
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