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*Runner* by Carl Deucker- young adult book review
 
Runner
by Carl Deucker
Grades 7+ 224 pages Graphia April 2007 Paperback    

Chance Taylor doesnít look any different from a hundred other high school seniors. He is clean-cut, wears ordinary clothes, is occasionally late to class and doesnít go out for sports or after-school activities. Chance is, however, very different from most of his classmates, because Chance lives on a sailboat with an alcoholic father, and he hasnít seen his mother since she left him there one night soon after the divorce.

Chance has to work weekends washing dishes at a restaurant to help his father cover the moorage fee for the boat. He knows that they are just one step away from being homeless, and that he cannot count on his father to keep a steady job.

When the fat guy at the marina offers Chance a job, the temptation is just too great. Chance will just continue to run along the beach, as he does almost every day, but now he will be picking up and delivering a package for the marina boss.

He knows that what he is doing can get him in trouble, but it seems to Chance that the risk is worth the payment. What he doesnít know is that the marina boss is not the only one watching him - and that if things donít work out, Chance will not be the only one hurt.

This is a great young adult story about relationships, character and stereotypes. The publisher includes a brief interview with the author, discussing his choices for this particular story.
 
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