The Man with the Red Bag by Eve Bunting

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Right from the beginning I was suspicious of the man. Right from the minute he got on the bus. Maybe it was because he acted so strangely about the bag. But mostly it was because of the way he looked. And because my ears started tingling at the sight of him—an ancient warning of danger, not to be ignored.

Six months after 9/11, everyone wanted life to return to normal. But when Charles Stavros boards the Star Tours bus, twelve-year-old Kevin Saunders is sure this exotic-looking stranger is up to no good:

He sits alone.

He has a bushy black mustache and sinister eyebrows.

He carries a red bag with him wherever he goes—and even talks to it!

Kevin confides his suspicions to Geneva, a girl he meets on the tour bus. Together they watch the man's every move. Kevin is convinced Stavros isn't a typical tourist, interested in the Great Salt Lake, the Grand Tetons, or even Yellowstone National Park.

Kevin knows Stavros, red bag in hand, has something much bigger in mind, and it's up to Kevin to save the day, and maybe even the world.


About Eve Bunting

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EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz. She lives in Southern California.
Published June 26, 2009 by HarperCollins. 245 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Bunting tackles a distasteful subject—the power of suspicion and prejudice over the minds of otherwise ordinary people—through the eyes of a 12-year-old on a post-9/11 spring-break bus tour with his grandmother.

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But when Charles Stavros, a man who looks ""Saudi Arabian or Iraqian"" to Kevin joins the tour, Kevin and other passengers become nervous (""He was dark skinned, with bushy black eyebrows and a bushier mustache.

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When Kevin sees what looks like a bomb inside the bag, he and his new friend Geneva hatch a plot to stop another terrorist attack at one of our country's national landmarks.

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Kevin is immediately suspicious of Stavros: he looks like a terrorist and he acts like one too, clutching his red bag and occasionally muttering to it.

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