Runner by Carl Deuker

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When a new job falls his way, Chance jumps at the opportunity, becoming a runner who picks up strange packages on a daily route and delivers them to a shady man at the marina. Chase knows how much he will earn—what he doesn’t know is how much he will pay.

Suspenseful, fast-paced, and timely, this novel avoids easy answers as it examines issues of terrorism and patriotism, fear and courage, and lives of privilege and poverty.

This brand new paperback edition includes a Q and A with author Carl Deuker.

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Carl Deuker is described as “a rising young star in psychological sports fiction” by Jim Trelease in The Read-Aloud Handbook. He is the author of three sports novels, On the Devil's Court, Heart of a Champion, and Painting the Black, all of which were selected as ALA Best Books for Young Adults.
Published April 23, 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 229 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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So, Chance agrees to be a runner, picking up mysterious parcels on his daily running route and passing them on to the fat man from the marina, knowing that it’s probably wrong and likely dangerous, but it pays very well.

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I still haven't decided what I think of the end, and I may never really decide, but I truly enjoyed the read and I think it would be a great book to recommend, especially for teens who have had to grow up fast because of their difficult situations in life (they would identify with Chase, I think).

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The boat Chance Taylor and his father live on is no yacht.

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The first part of the book is a bit dull, but it picks up towards the climax of the book.

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