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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But they were driving out of the path of the storm . The road ahead was suddenly
dry . Hedges and trees that had been writhing on either ... We'll probably drive on
past , and ... “ Big white gates ! ” announced Jackie , leaning forward . Oh , no !
It's starting to drive him round the bend . But , hey - that's the right place for him .
He'll meet himself coming the other way . ” They waited while the sound of voices
rose from beyond the brick angles of the house , and the smell of the barbecue ...
Do you want to drive ? ” Ellis shouted back . Jackie was momentarily silenced . “
Then , shut up ! ” Ellis cried . He suddenly realized they had reached the point
where the city took to the hills , cutting into them and rising in a series of uneven ...
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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