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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Raised unnaturally high on his Rollerblades , Jackie was staring down at Ellis
with friendly interest , but Ellis could easily see that something indefinable was
going on behind those beaming blue eyes . . . some sort of guess was being
The name Phipps reminded him of spirals , and of blue dragons embracing a
naked princess . " I'll thank them next time I see them , ” he said . He met Ursa's
light blue eyes and made a face . “ Sorry ! ” “ You really aren't any trouble , you
He was surprised , not by the sadness in his voice , but by his own savage scorn .
It sounded utterly genuine . ( And it is ! he thought almost simultaneously .
Suddenly , out of the blue , this is exactly what I think of Simon choosing to die .
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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