Fast Company by DK Publishing

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Jason is a Rollerblader -- of champion caliber, as he makes clear to his girl, Cat, during a contest on the Santa Cruz boardwalk. Jason is also only 15 and living not with his distracted parents, but with Cast and her mother. He, on his skates, has accidentally killed a boy while escaping the scene of a petty robbery. The others of his gang, the Ravens, have scattered to safety. Cat doesn't know, can't guess why Jason is fleeing his life; he won't talk about it, nor will he echo what she feels for him and moist longs to hear: "I love you." Cat has a secret, too, and when she finally reveals it, Jason runs for real. These are young people seeking redemption for their mistakes, and the mistakes of others in their pasts. Their memorable stories, interwoven like the figure-eights they all trace on the town's asphalt surfaces, point poignantly to their futures.

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D. James Smith lives in California, where he studied with poet Philip Levine. A recipient of a fellowship in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, his work appears frequently in literary magazines, most recently, "The Amherst Review, New Millennium Writings, the Notre Dame Review, " and "Stand." His previous books include a collection of poems, "Prayers for the Dead Ventriloquist, " and an adult novel, "My Brother's Passion. "His novels for younger readers are "Fast Company" and his first book about Paolo and friends, "The Boys of San Joaquin.
Published September 15, 1999 by DK CHILDREN. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult. Fiction

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The novel quickly takes a number of tangential paths: a subplot about one of Cat's teachers and his mentally disabled son, the accidental death of a rival gang member's brother, racial tension surrounding Cat's mother's African-American boyfriend and a climactic in-line skating competition (three...

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"'The difference between an A player and an A-plus player,'' he has said, 'is the difference between a million in revenue and a billion in revenue.'" English and his colleagues make it a point to find great people who aren't looking for jobs — that is, to go from coincidence hiring to continuou...

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