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Speed Freak giveaway!

We have TWO copies of Speed Freak by Fleur Beale to give away! Speed Freak was a finalist in the Young Adult category of the NZ Post Children’s (and YA) Book Awards (the winners have only just been announced – check them out here) and it has been highly praised by many readers, critics and otherwise. Tierney Reardon says “it is exactly the sort of book you might expect from award-winning author Fleur Beale; captivating, honest, and completely unique.”

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsFifteen-year-old Archie Barrington is a top kart driver, aiming to win the Challenge series and its ultimate prize of racing in Europe. He loves the speed, the roar of the engine, the tactics and the thrill of racing to the limits. Craig is his main rival, and there’s also Silver, who drives likes she’s got a demon inside. Archie knows he’ll need all his skill and focus to win. But sometimes, too, you need plain old luck. Can Archie overcome the odds and win? (library catalogue)

All YOU need to do to be in the draw to win is to comment on this post and tell us what your favourite Fleur Beale book is and why! You must enter before 5pm on Friday 11th July to be in the draw – that’s two weeks from today! If you win, you must also be able to collect your prize from your choice of one of our Wellington City Libraries branches.

We must also say a HUGE thank you to Random House NZ for providing us with these books to give away to you!


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  1. Gemma Carlson

    My favourite Fleur Beale book is ‘I Am Not Esther’. It is my favourite because it was one of the first chapter books I had read, and it gave me a new perspective on religion, as it was not something I knew a great deal about in the first place. The main character, Esther, was easy to relate to because of her fierce personality, and it was easy to sympathize with her experiences throughout the novel. A beautifully written, engrossing book overall, and that’s why it’s my favourite Fleur Beale book. (‘The Transformation of Minna Hargreaves’ and ‘My Life Of Crime’ were also excellent)

  2. Great answer Gemma! You’re in the draw 🙂

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