Scott, Victoria. Titans. Scholastic Press 2016 310p $17.99 ISBN 978-0-545-80601-5 ms Realistic fiction VG
Titans are mechanical horses that run races just like real horses, and, just as in real horse races, gambling is the source of revenue for the questionable owners of the titans and the racetracks. This is the story of what happens when a young girl and a retired engineer team up to get an old Titan up and running races ... and maybe winning as well. Titans is a quick-paced, well-written novel that is at its base the story of a girl and her horse, and her place in the family. The weaving together of the multiple story lines and genres, action/adventure, sci-fi, and family, reminds this reader Kathy Reich’s Virals series. The author nicely handles the unsavory aspects of gambling and horse racing for middle-school readers. Astrid, the protagonist, is a strongly written girl who has no qualms about stepping into the word of the Titans, and the danger that comes along. Sure to be a hit with female readers.
Summary: Titans is the story of a young girl and a retired engineer who team up to get an old Titan, or mechanical horse, fixed up so it can run races, just like a real horse.Mechanical horses-Fiction, Horse racing-Fiction --Lynn Fisher