24 Hoursby Margaret Mahy
For the next twenty-four hours, Ellis enters an extraordinary world on the fringe of
It is seventeen-year-old Ellis's first night at home after graduating from prep school. By chance he bumps into Jackie Cattle, whom he remembers from grade school. Jackie is a couple of years older than Ellis, a drifter, disreputable, yet with an odd charm and a disarming wit.
For the next twenty-four hours, Ellis enters an extraordinary world on the fringe of society that he never knew existed. Jackie introduces him to life at the Land-of-Smiles, a dilapidated motel where nightly a strange collection of local characters gather to drink and talk. Two attractive sisters, Ursa and Leona, the elder studying to be a lawyer, live there. Leona loves and takes care of a baby whose mother stops in only once in a while. Then the baby disappears, and Ellis is thrust into a wild, sometimes almost violent search for the child.
This is a stunning novel that grips the reader as it sweeps to its conclusion. Rich characterization, breathtaking action, and an ultimately heartwarming solution distinguish this latest triumph of Margaret Mahy.
SOURCE: VOYA, December 2000 (Vol. 23, No. 5)
- Simon Pulse
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- Edition description:
- 1st Aladdin Paperbacks Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 5.52(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.55(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 - 17 Years
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