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 three tables , at least , were still in use , pushed end to end to make one long ,
lopsided table around which people were sitting , yelling over the music . Ellis ,
dazed by the sound , glimpsed , between the feet of about a dozen dancers , a ...
... edging farther back along the branch . “ Move on up ! " yelled a voice from
below him . Ellis obligingly climbed one branch higher , making room for Jackie
to burst through the leaves at his heels . “ Jason ! What a surprise , ” said Jackie
yelled Ursa . “ Come on ! This is crazy ! Christo ! ” “ I'm not crazy ! ” Christo
screamed back . Ellis could tell he was some distance from the door . “ Call me
crazy and you'll be sorry . There was a sliding sound that Ellis recognized ,
without being ...
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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