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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Don't give them anything , ” Ursa called , apparently able to read his thoughts
even though she was on another branch of the tree . But Ellis had already pulled
out a five - dollar bill and passed it to Jason , who took it without a word of thanks
guessed - was already seated behind the wheel , and the same young woman he
had seen talking to Ursa the night before was sliding something onto the
backseat . Ellis glimpsed a tartan rug and saw a tuft of white hair at the top of the
And then , faint and far away on the same line , he heard a distant thread of
sound , a wail , unmistakably the cry of a child , and Leona began , once again ,
that silent weeping with which he was already familiar . Ellis took the receiver
from her ...
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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