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Runner

by Carl Deuker

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | May 2, 2005 | Hardcover |

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But the weather-beaten sailboat Chance Taylor and his father call home is thirty years old and hasn''t sailed in years. One step from both homelessness and hunger, Chance worries about things other kids his age never give a thought: Where will the money come for the electricity bill, grocery bill, and moorage fees? So when a new job falls his way, he jumps at the opportunity. He knows how much he will earn; what he doesn''t know is how much he will pay.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: May 2, 2005

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0618542981

ISBN - 13: 9780618542987

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Runner

Runner

by Carl Deuker

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: May 2, 2005

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0618542981

ISBN - 13: 9780618542987

About the Book

From the award-winning author of "Night Hoops" and "Painting the Black" comes this suspenseful, psychologically astute novel with themes of terrorism and patriotism, fear and courage.

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1 The girl kept half-turning in the back seat to stare out the rear window of the cab, as though she were being chased across Buffalo to the hospital. It made Pete Sawicki as nervous as she was. He kept flicking his eyes to the rearview mirror, but all the way to the hospital he saw trucks, people driving station wagons to the supermarket, kids throwing baseballs beside empty streets?nothing at all that was suspicious except her. He pulled up to the emergency room entrance and got out of his cab to open her door. She had a pretty face. She was very young, maybe even jailbait, with long light brown hair, eyes that looked gray-green, full lips that seemed to pout as she concentrated on getting out of the back seat of the cab. Pete held his hand out to help her, but she deflected his attention with a look that went past him as though he were gone already. Usually somebody who wanted a cab ride to the hospital emergency room wanted a hand. She stood and once again her belly showed, stood out from her body under the loose shirt. It was none of his business, but Pete couldn''t help seeing the pregnancy as tragic in somebody her age. How could it not be? "How much?" she said, her hand already moving into her purse. "Eight bucks." She frowned. "It can''t be." He pretended to look inside at the meter, and chuckled to himself. "You''re right. It''s twelve." He took the fifteen dollars she handed him. "Thanks. And thanks for noticing that." He stepped around the cab to his door, watched
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But the weather-beaten sailboat Chance Taylor and his father call home is thirty years old and hasn''t sailed in years. One step from both homelessness and hunger, Chance worries about things other kids his age never give a thought: Where will the money come for the electricity bill, grocery bill, and moorage fees? So when a new job falls his way, he jumps at the opportunity. He knows how much he will earn; what he doesn''t know is how much he will pay.

About the Author

Carl Deuker participated in several sports as a boy. He was good enough to make most teams, but not quite good enough to play much. He describes himself as a classic second-stringer. "I was too slow and too short for basketball; I was too small for football, a little too chicken to hang in there against the best fastballs. So, by my senior year the only sport I was still playing was golf." Carl still loves playing golf early on Sunday mornings at Jefferson Park in Seattle, the course on which Fred Couples learned to play. His handicap at present is 13. Combining his enthusiasm for both writing and athletics, Carl has created many exciting, award-winning novels for young adults. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and daughter.

Editorial Reviews

"The sports and suspenseful action will easily draw readers, as will the gripping adventure''s deeper issues of crime, class, ineffectual parents, and a teen''s questions about his uncertain future." Booklist, ALA

"Writing in a fast-paced, action-packed, but at the same time reflective style, Deuker uses fewer sports scenes than in his previous novels, and instead uses running as a hook to entice readers into a perceptive coming-of-age novel." School Library Journal

"Fast-paced and suspenseful." Horn Book

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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