TITLE: The Return of the Mirage
GENRE: YA Mystery
I was in Boston when I saw my older brother Pete for the first time in a year. Only here’s the thing: Pete…is dead.
No, this isn’t an episode of some ghost hunter TV show. And I am so not dreaming. The growl of powerful motors, the gleaming car haulers weaving through the motel parking lot, the warm breeze whipping exhaust fumes in my face all tell me this is realer than real.
I stand on my toes, straining for a glimpse of the New England Speedway, the site of my first ever Junior Circuit race this weekend. All I see is an endless stream of traffic snaking down the frontage road.
“Hey, Jessica Briggs! You want to sightsee, go take a walk on the Freedom Trail!”
I whirl, ready with a smart ass comeback. The words never come, because I recognize Danny Schaeffer. Nice to see a familiar face, especially another rookie my age.
“How come you’re here?” I shoot back, grinning. Danny and I’ve been friends—and competitors—since we were ten, when we got brand new dirt bikes for Christmas and Danny made the mistake of saying, “Race you.”
That race, down the winter-hardened dirt road behind our house in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, was the first of many between me and Danny. Six years later, we still argue over who’s won the most. I’m betting it’s about even. One thing hasn’t changed: we both love going as fast as we can on anything with wheels and a motor.