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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In spite of his hangover he felt a familiar heat flooding through him , and
wondered with dismay if he was visibly blushing . " Tell her it doesn't matter who
the fuck it is , " said the voice , suddenly sharply distinct . “ Get her to the phone
right now .
And tell her that if she takes a step - one single step - toward the cops , it'll be bye
- bye baby . ” “ What ? ” exclaimed Ellis , unable to believe what he was being
told . “ You heard ! ” the voice declared . “ Think about it ! I'll call back . ” There
I've got something to tell you , ” called Ellis . “ A sort of message from the past .
Can I come on up ? " " I'll jump , ” said Christo , though he sounded a little bored
repeating this to Ellis . “ And I'll take the kid with me . " “ Yes , I know , ” said Ellis .
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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