Blood on His Hands by Willo Davis Roberts

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Somewhere in the distance, behind him, Marc heard a hound baying. He hesitated, breathing hard, wiping the sweat off his forehead with the back of his hand, straining to hear better. The hound bayed again, a lonely, fearsome sound.

Marc Solie is on the run. He has been for what seems like forever, though it's been less than two years since his little sister died and his family fell apart, since he started running from his pain and despair and pure, desperate loneliness.

This time it's different. Marc's not just running from himself this time; he's running from the cops. Marc's done something bad. He's not sure how bad -- maybe as bad as murder.

Marc's only chance is to get to his father. His father will know what to do, how to get him out of this mess. But Marc hasn't seen or talked to his father for months, and he's not really sure where he is. So Marc keeps running -- following Interstate 5 north from northern California to Washington, hoping to find him.

With only a runt dog named Rat for companionship, Marc has time to reflect on the last two years and come to grips with how his life has changed. For the first time, Marc begins to see how he's responsible for his own actions, and despite any wrongdoings to him, ultimately he's accountable for his life. As Marc sees this truth, he's finally able to stop running and face up to what he's done.

Blood on His Hands is a gripping, taut novel about one boy's journey to manhood.


About Willo Davis Roberts

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Willo Davis Roberts wrote many books for adults and children during her long and illustrious career. Three of her children's books won Edgar Awards, while others received great reviews and other accolades. The One Left Behind would have been her hundredth book for children.
Published January 1, 2004 by Perfection Learning. 188 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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As he doggedly ventures north to Washington, he recounts the unsettling details that landed him at Camp Heritage in the first place: the death of his younger sister to leukemia, his parent’s resulting divorce, his sentencing to the camp by his mother’s domineeringly manipulative boyfriend, and th...

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