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Thunder Road Used In Book Research
Erik Esckilsen, a "teen-lit" writer and Burlington, VT native will read from his new novel for teenagers, "The Outside Groove" at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, May 31 at Barnes & Noble in South Burlington, VT.

In researching his book, Esckilsen spend time at Thunder Road Int'l Spedbowl, the internationally known high banked, quarter-mile stock car race track in Barre, VT. In addition to talking with many competitors, Esckilsen also drove a race car as part of his research. The book is his third for young adult readers.

"The more I write for teenagers," he said in a release, "The more convinced I am that the primary job of adolescent remains fundamentally unchanged from what it was in my own teen years - to somehow get through it."