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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Saw Monty wandering by a little bit earlier , ” Phipps said . “ Find the kid ? ” “ No !
” said Ellis . “ She's still missing . Actually , I thought - I just had an idea from
something I remembered earlier - that you might have some clue where she
might be ...
Shouldn't think the others could forget , ” mumbled Phipps , almost to himself . "
Remember what ? ” asked Ellis . He had not come here to spy out the pasts of
Leona , Ursa , and Fox , but he was astonished at how much he suddenly wanted
I reckon I've made my mark on you , ” Phipps commented with satisfaction . “ That'
ll be forty dollars . ” Ellis looked back at him and , as he did so , felt a new ,
unanticipated power flood through him . “ Actually , ” he said , “ it's not your mark ,
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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