Black Taxi by James Moloney

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Rosie Sinclair is just a typical teenage girl -- except that her best friend is an exotic dancer and her beloved grandad is involved in just a bit of crime. When he has the bad luck to get busted on the last job of his career, he turns his cell phone and the keys to his black Mercedes over to Rosie for safekeeping while he's inside.

Although Rosie has to cart around her grandad's elderly friends -- the wrinklies -- on their errands, she soon realizes that the Mercedes has its benefits: It helps her land dates with two of the hottest guys in town. Life is looking pretty rosy until the day she gets the first threatening call on her cell phone. A jewelry heist has gone wrong, and every crook in town thinks her grandad has something to do with a diamond ring that's missing. With his safety in jeopardy, Rosie sets out to solve the mystery. But can she find the answers before the icy voice on the other end of the phone finds her?

 

About James Moloney

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James Moloney was born in Sydney, Australia in 1954. He was a teacher for many years before becoming a full-time writer. He writes fiction for young adults and children. Moloney's titles include Dougy, Gracey, Crossfire, the Pipe, the House on River Terrace, and Touch Me. In 1996, he won a Children Book of the Year Award for Swashbuckler and A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove also won a Children's Book of the Year Award in 1997 in addition to the Children's Literature Peace Prize and the Family Award.
 
Published May 28, 2003 by HarperCollins (Australia) Children's. 216 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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While trying to juggle relationships with two highly desirable boys, the handsome, wealthy, terminally nice Todd and the hunky, racy Chris, she eludes the minions of a serious criminal who’s trying to recover the ring.

Feb 01 2005 | Read Full Review of Black Taxi

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Rosie's first-person narrative remains vibrant, but other characters (including best-friend Glenda, an exotic dancer by night so she can attend college by day, and Chris Meagher, a gas station attendant with a wolfish reputation) seem to serve little purpose except to help Rosie out of jams.

Apr 11 2005 | Read Full Review of Black Taxi

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