Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2000 - 200 pagina's
It is seventeen-year-old Ellis's first night at home after graduating from prep school. By chance he bumps into Jackie Cattle, whom he remembers from grade school. Jackie is a couple of years older than Ellis, a drifter, disreputable, yet with an odd charm and a disarming wit.
For the next twenty-four hours, Ellis enters an extraordinary world on the fringe of society that he never knew existed. Jackie introduces him to life at the Land-of-Smiles, a dilapidated motel where nightly a strange collection of local characters gather to drink and talk. Two attractive sisters, Ursa and Leona, the elder studying to be a lawyer, live there. Leona loves and takes care of a baby whose mother stops in only once in a while. Then the baby disappears, and Ellis is thrust into a wild, sometimes almost violent search for the child.
This is a stunning novel that grips the reader as it sweeps to its conclusion. Rich characterization, breathtaking action, and an ultimately heartwarming solution distinguish this latest triumph of Margaret Mahy.
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Okay ! That was decided . But , after all , the university had a drama society
proper theater , so they must need actors . And he would have adventures ,
moments of revelation , sex , even love . The coming year , he decided , would be
a year of ...
Okay ! ” Ellis sighed , waving his hand , palm outward , at Jackie . “ I just thought
you'd be more comfortable if- " “ You think I'd sacrifice truth for comfort ? ” cried
Jackie , settling the coat across his shoulders with a complacent grin . “ It will be ...
Okay ! Thanks ! We'll call in on them . ” “ Don't let on we was the ones telling you ,
” said the younger girl . “ And don't say Mick told us . Just shut up about it , okay ?
” “ Silent as the grave , ” said Jackie , giving an eerie laugh . “ And that's really ...
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LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - 2chances - LibraryThing
Interesting. This quite readable YA novel follows 17-yer-old Ellis over 24 hours, during which time he leaves his middle-class life to become part of a rather touching community of misfits who gather ... Volledige review lezen
24 HOURSGebruikersrecensie - Kirkus
It's 5:10 on a Friday afternoon and Ellis, 17, has just come home after graduating from prep school. He's walking through the streets reacquainting himself with his hometown and dreaming about the ... Volledige review lezen