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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Many years ago , before Ellis could swim properly , Christo and his sister , Sophie
, had pushed him into a deep pool down among the willows and , with chilly
interest , had watched him gasping and choking , struggling and sinking ,
Ellis pushed himself up along the branch , through the leaves , and found himself
staring into the startled face of a boy . He was unexpectedly frail and thin , aged
about twelve , dark - skinned , and with short , black hair striped down the center
The door gave a little , and then a little more , cracking against something heavy
that was being pushed against it . “ Christo ! ” yelled Ursa . “ Come on ! This is
crazy ! Christo ! ” “ I'm not crazy ! ” Christo screamed back . Ellis could tell he was
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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