What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

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UNSOLVED: One specific book > YA book read in late seventies or eighties about two California boys, one poor, one rich working on a red car

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message 1: by Haley (new)

Haley Hansberry | 12 comments My dad has been trying to find this book forever.

He said it took place in a California town where a boy from the poor side of town has a garage where he works in cars. He has a red car that he wants to fix up that has one side that is not painted (only primer). There is another boy from the rich side of town that is also into cars.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


message 2: by Kate (new)

Kate Farrell | 4070 comments Mod
Haley --
You can bump your thread every month or so. This puts your book back at the top of the folder instead of on page 24. More people and newer eyes will see it and perhaps know your book. Good luck!


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message 4: by Haley (new)

Haley Hansberry | 12 comments Thank you Kat!


message 5: by Haley (new)

Haley Hansberry | 12 comments I will ask him Ayshe! Thank you for suggestion!


message 6: by Haley (new)

Haley Hansberry | 12 comments Unfortunately Sunday's Dust was not it.


message 7: by Adele (new)

Adele | 1213 comments I couldn't find Overdrive by Leslie Waller on goodreads, but here is a picture of the Scholastic edition with the back cover copy: https://www.avidvintage.com/products/... And here is the Kirkus review: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-re... I'm thinking "Porter Hagen III" could be the rich kid.


message 8: by Haley (new)

Haley Hansberry | 12 comments This looks really promising!! I will ask him!


message 9: by Ayshe (new)

Ayshe | 4163 comments Overdrive by Leslie Waller - I created the goodreads record for Adele's suggestion. It has at least two other different covers, too.


message 10: by Adele (new)

Adele | 1213 comments Ayshe wrote: "Overdrive by Leslie Waller - I created the goodreads record for Adele's suggestion. It has at least two other different covers, too."

Thanks, Ayshe!


message 11: by Haley (new)

Haley Hansberry | 12 comments Hey he actually said Overdrive was a no go. He gave me additional information and said that it was actually 4 kids from the "good side of town," and 4 from "poor side of town," and they got a garage together.


message 12: by Adele (new)

Adele | 1213 comments Into the Groove: A Story about Sports Car Racing is set in California and is about one poorer boy and several other characters, some of them rich, working on and racing cars, but the rest doesn't fit (no red car with half just primer). Still, it kept coming up in my searches, so I thought I'd mention it. It is available to read online at openlibrary.org.


message 13: by Haley (new)

Haley Hansberry | 12 comments Adele! This is first one he seems to think might be it! I'm going to have him double check on openlibrary.org but it seems really promising! He said he could've been wrong about paint/primer but when he read what you wrote it seemed like maybe we have a winner!

I'll update when he checks!


message 14: by Kate (new)

Kate Farrell | 4070 comments Mod
Yes, please do let us know. We love closure. And we mark the thread as solved and shelve the book when we get confirmation.


message 15: by Haley (new)

Haley Hansberry | 12 comments Hello, he just looked over the book online and he said it's not it :(


message 16: by Kris (new)

Kris | 34447 comments Mod
Haley, what are some of the themes - car racing, racial tensions, dysfunctional families, romance, etc.?

About how old are boys? Are they in school or employed?

What's the tone - adventure, funny, angsty, coming-of-age, somber, etc.?


message 17: by Kris (last edited Jun 29, 2018 02:38PM) (new)

Kris | 34447 comments Mod
A guess - The Red Car (1954) by Don Stanford? "Hap restores a car to race." http://www.worldcat.org/title/red-car...

There are multiple cover images, such as:
- https://www.amazon.com/Red-Car-T-67-D...
- https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Book...


Worldcat.org is a great resource for old children's books. For example:

http://www.worldcat.org/advancedsearch > Keywords: boys car | 1950-1995 | Juvenile | Fiction | Book | English


message 18: by Adele (new)

Adele | 1213 comments This page gives a lot of additional information and includes quotes for Kris' suggestion of The Red Car: http://speedreaders.info/2683-the-red...

Good luck!


message 19: by Haley (new)

Haley Hansberry | 12 comments Thank you for those resources! I will pick his brain more for more details!


message 20: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 38242 comments Mod
Haley, are you still looking for this or did you find it?


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