TITLE: Legend of the Totem Keepers
GENRE: YA Fantasy
Will cranked the throttle on his snowmobile as the blast from the air horn tore through the crisp Alaskan morning. A dozen idling engines growled to life. Leaning into the handlebars, he punched his snow machine into high gear. The treads clawed against the thick ice. Fish-tailing, he fought to keep his momentum forward. Glancing to his right, Will caught sight of racer 97, Rhett Mitchell, pulling ahead of the pack with him. For a split second, Rhett’s blood-red helmet turned and though he couldn’t see Rhett’s face, Will felt his poisonous glare.
A shower of snow hit Will from the right. One of the riders was already out of the race, his machine mangled with the fence lining the course. Will leaned left through the first turn, his knee inches from the razor-sharp ice. Despite his thick winter gear, the biting, sub-zero wind soaked through his layers. He gripped the handles and forced the sleds to the right, sliding through the second turn.
Obviously an amateur, number 108 shot past Rhett and Will as turn three approached. He flew to the outside of the track, and then fought to pull his machine back to the inside. His skis caught and the machine and rider flipped end over end before crashing in a heap in the middle of the track. Will yanked his machine to the left and flew through the powder, past the accident and the two medics now rushing to the racer.