Author(s): Ted Dawe
Young Adult Fiction category winner in the 2004 NZ Post Children's Book awards.
You find it in any city after the cops are in bed - Thunder Road.
It's where the street racers go to test their machines, and their nerve. Trace is 19 and has grown out of small town ways. He's hungry for more. In Auckland he hooks up with Devon, a guy with the Midas touch, who introduces Trace to burn-offs, big city style. When Trace falls for a girl even Devon says is out of his league loyalties are stretched.
Then Devon hits on a dangerous scheme for hauling in cash. Soon enough he and Trace find out who really controls the strip and the underworld starts closing inÂ? Edgy and very topical. Ted Dawe says that Devon reminds him of his cousin Jak - a dynamic, over-confident street-racer who died in a car accident.
Winner of New Zealand Post Children's Book Award: Best First Book 2004. Shortlisted for Ester Glen Award 2004.
Shortlisted for the 2007 NZ Post Book Awards Junior Fiction Category Ted Dawe's Thunder Road, was winner of the Senior Fiction category and Best First Book, 2004 NZ Post Book Awards for Children. His second novel, K. Road was published in 2005.