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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Gosh , I didn't know ... , " began Ellis . " It's time , ” said Alan , a touch of mysticism
creeping into his voice . “ Meg and I both feel these rites of passage deserve
celebration . " His voice became friendly and fatherly again . “ Now , just help ...
The guy who just called ... , ” Ellis began again , but they still talked insistently
over him . “ Come on , Foxie , ” Ursa said . “ Baby search ! Unless you can tell us
where she is from a bit of crystal gazing . ” Fox peered into her glass ball .
I'd come , as well ... , " began David , talking to Ursa rather than to Leona . “ The
only thing is , ” “ David , one glimpse of you stalking in between the gravestones ,
and those kids would run for miles , ” said Ursa . “ They'd probably take you for a
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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