ChaseR by Michael J. Rosen
A Novel in E-mails

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In Michael J. Rosen’s funny, provocative novel, a reluctant move to the heart of hunting country spurs a lonely teen’s obsession with e-mail and Top Ten lists—and a passion for animals that takes on a life of its own.

Fourteen-year-old Chase Riley has just moved with his parents from Columbus, Ohio, to a farmhouse in the country. It’s only sixty miles from civilization as he knows it, but it may as well be on another planet. For starters, there’s the biblical plague of seventeen-year cicadas, making a collective noise as loud as a subway train. But that’s nothing compared to the awesome appearance of deer, everywhere, pausing majestically in the woods or, more often, tagged and strapped to hunters’ cars.

A case of culture shock has Chase seeking refuge at his computer, blasting off droll commentary for hours on end to his sister at college and his buddies back in town. He’s promised his parents he will MAKE AN EFFORT, but it’s hard to find friends in a place where everyone’s eager to go out and shoot something. The only consolation is watching his dogs run free on their rural acres—until a freak accident changes everything. And that’s when Chase begins devising The Plan.

About Michael J. Rosen

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Michael J. Rosen is the acclaimed author, editor, and illustrator of some forty books for both adults and young people. Many are inspired by his lifelong interest in and experience with animals, whether as a college zoology major, an amateur bird watcher, a dog trainer, or the founder of a granting program to help animal humane societies. Of CHASER: A NOVEL IN E-MAILS, he says, "When I moved from the major city where I’d lived most of my life to a rural community, the changes were monumental. And I often thought, What if I hadn’t actually chosen to live here? I tried in this novel to think more deliberately about the complicated (and always teetering) balance we try to achieve, living, as we all do, amid an ever-diminishing natural world.
Published April 1, 2002 by Candlewick. 160 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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He goes to the Millersburg Corn Festival, makes his way in a new school, and begins to find friends.

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Although Chase's ethical dilemma has much potential for debate and discussion, only the most eager of e-mail enthusiasts will persist past the banalities and typographical silliness that shroud the story.

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Chase is now living on a farm sixty miles away, so Chase's dad can have some peace and quiet to study and write after he comes home from his job at the lab.

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