Seventeen-year-old Arlo Santiago wants to break free to fly. And it's no wonder he feels that way. There is much in his life that weighs him down. Five months ago, his mother was shot and killed in a hold-up at the local market where he lives in New Mexico. His father is out of work and drinking too much. And his sister, Siouxsie, has just been diagnosed with Huntington's Disease. Conrad Wesselhoeft's title says it all. Dirt Bikes, Drones and Other Ways to Fly. Arlo is obsessed with a video game called "Drone Pilot" which simulates drone flight. He is also constantly pulling stunts on his dirt bike. Yes, Arlo wants to fly. And, in these ways, he does.
Conrad Wesselhoeft knows Arlo. He knows his pain a mix of grief for his mother and responsibility for his family. He knows his philosophy a sense of true connection with the world. Wesselhoeft also knows how to craft...
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