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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Abruptly , the air whirled with leaves and trash , some of which danced higher
and higher , lifting over the streetlights , zigzagging , twisting , before tumbling
away across roofs on the opposite side of the road . One piece of screwedup red
Plates of steak and sausages sat beside huge , wooden bowls of salad , the meat
drying a little , the lettuce leaves starting to wilt around the edges . Jackie piled a
plate with salad and sliced tomatoes , as well as a filet of salmon , glittering in a ...
leapfrogging confidently over the tilted bookmark of a stone . As Ellis pulled
himself toward the boundary of leaves , a foot in a black sneaker kicked fiercely
down at him . Flinging up an arm to protect his head , he gripped the sneaker and
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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