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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Miles Derkach is in trouble. Along with two friends, he stole a car and went joyriding. When the dust clears, he is all alone and his friends have left, leaving him to take the blame--and the punishment--while maintaining his silence. Placed on probation and sentenced to community service, Miles begins working for a man who after suffering a stroke and not being able to dr ...more
Hardcover, 97 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Orca Book Publishers (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Never steal from people, It gets you real far. Miles only cared about having fun and he got in trouble so he had to do community service.
I enjoyed the book a lot. There was a ton of action but it was a slow read when the action
stopped. One of my favorite parts was when spider took Mr. Barnier's car and miles had to go find it. It was nice knowing he got the car back.

I believe the whole thievery conflict fits well with the book. Miles mentions how spider was never really that trustworthy thro
Dustin Leonard
Could you imagine having the craziest adrenaline rush and then boom, you are knocked out and wake up then the dust clears and the cops surrounded you.Where had your friends gone, leaving you in this mess . I am going to tell you the story of miles and how his friends snaked him.The title of the book is fastback beach which is the name of the beach where miles ́s friends left him

The way Mathson made the characters who know who was good or bad from the very beginning because its like in real life
Kaelyn J
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's a very good book and I would highly recommend it. It is a shorter book but once you start reading it you can't stop ...more
Matthew Walker
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
FastBack Beach is by Shirlee Smith Matheson. It is about a guy named Miles and his friends Larry and Spider who all spend time at a place called FastBack Beach. It turns out that Larry and Spider are not good people for Miles to be around. They steal cars and they are good at it. The boys get in trouble with the police at FastBack Beach one day. Miles, Larry, and Spider got into an accident in a car they stole, then Larry and Spider knocked out Miles and left him in the car to avoid trouble for ...more
Nov 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Zoom I read throw this book fast as a car. The book I read was Fastback Beach this book is a short book with lot of detail in it. The author that wrote this book Fastback Beach was Shirlee Smith Matheson. What were the dislikes about this book I didnt like that it was a low level reading book that the only dislike I like.The likes I like was that it a very intresting story it intresting because it like telling about how a teenage life could be if your not good. another like is that it talk abou ...more
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fastback Beach was a thrilling story written by Shirlee Matheson. It is centered around the story of a teenage boy named Miles. At the beginning of the story Miles and his so called friends steal a car and as the cops come after them, everyone runs away and leaves Miles to take the blame. Miles is put on probation and must decide whether to stick with these people he has been hanging out with and steal an old mans car or continue to help out the old man who has been a father figure to him. I lik ...more
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Fastback Beach by Shirlee Smith matheson would not be reccomended by me because there is a lot of violence.Fastback Beach by Shirlee Smith matheson would not be reccomended by me because there is a lot of violence. "Miles yelled stop and they stopped too quick and he burst through the windshield and hit his head." This quote shows violence because Miles was bloody and he was out cold. He smashed his head on the windsheld. Another quote that shows violence is "spider and Larry fled from the truck ...more
Sep 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anybody who likes old cars
Recommended to Matt by: The librarian
Shelves: book-club
I thought this book was good but it was short i read it in less than 1 day. It was about a kid who was hangin out with the wrong people and got caught by the cops for doing something he didnt do, his punishment was 100 hours community service. In that process the guy said he would like him to help him with getting a hot rod ready for a car show. But on the morning of the show something went wrong. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to read about old cars from the 30's, 40's, 50's, and 60 ...more
Oct 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I’m reading Fastback Beach mile derkach is in trouble. Along with two friends, he stole a car and went joyriding. Placed on probation and sentenced to community service, miles begins working for a man who after suffering a stroke and not being able to drive, has kept his beloved hot rod under wraps in the garage. Seeing a chance to learn more about cars and pursue his dream of becoming a mechanic, mile helps to restore the car.
Da Hua Ruan
This book isn't interesting at all, but it talks about a guy who actually that builds a car with another guy. the car is really fast and nice, but the car got stolen and it got scratched. it cost a lot for the engines and things and now its all messed up because the main characters best friend took it. his best friend and this bad kid stole it and went for a ride, but it was busted after they finish riding it. ...more
Pj Armentrout
Nov 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
What I learned from this book was that under the right circumstances a person can change. This book was yet another must read book if your into hotrods and stuff!
Korey Rich
Oct 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good
Intresting i liked the book but if you dont know much abou car parts it may be werid but over all it was good
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
it was a very easy read but its a very short story. if your someone that doesn't read well and you just need a book in your hand when your teacher looks at you, this is the book for you. ...more
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Shirlee Smith Matheson has written many books for young people and adults, including numerous junior novels and non-fiction works. Currently living and writing in Calgary, she is the author of "Keeper of the Mountains" (Thistledown), "Fastback Reach" (Orca), and "Lost: True Stories of Canadian Aviation Tragedies" (Fifth House).

Shirlee Smith Matheson a native of Winnipeg, has written more than a do

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