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Monday, December 10, 2007

Off the Shelf 0708-15


By Carl Deuker
© 2005

Chance Taylor is a 17-year-old high school student who runs - primarily as a means to escape his reality. His mother left him years ago with an alcoholic father who can't hold onto a regular job. They live on a dilapidated sailboat on a month to month basis. He doesn't fit in at school and has few friends. One day his world turns upside down as he accepts a 'courier job' running packages as part of his regular daily runs. This activity leads to multiple adventures and interesting relationships, even changing Chance's viewpoint of his father.

Once the plot gets underway, the intrigue and suspense are addicting, providing a fast-paced read. Though there is some predictability, the reader is rewarded with various twists and turns - all sprinkled with life issues of divorce and family, poverty and wealth, and coping with individuality versus affiliation. In addition, post 9-11 terrorism plays a role in the story! With all of the facets to this engaging book, you will find yourself reaching for it every spare moment.

My recommendation: 4 out of 5 stars
Submitted by M. Coleman, Media Specialist

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