On the Run

On the Run

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by Clara Bourreau
     
 

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A young boy discovers the real whereabouts of his absent father—jail!

Anthony hasn't seen his dad in years. The reason: His father is busy traveling the world as a wildlife photographer—at least, according to Anthony's mom and sister. The real reason: His dad has been a fugitive from the law and is now in jail, awaiting

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A young boy discovers the real whereabouts of his absent father—jail!

Anthony hasn't seen his dad in years. The reason: His father is busy traveling the world as a wildlife photographer—at least, according to Anthony's mom and sister. The real reason: His dad has been a fugitive from the law and is now in jail, awaiting trial.

When Anthony finally learns the truth, his life changes overnight. He insists on visiting his dad in prison. And once the trial begins, it's the lead story on the local news. Everyone at school starts to taunt Anthony about having a criminal for a father, even his best friend. Then one day, in a shocking turn of events, his dad escapes from the courtroom. Anthony wants to be with him—and when he gets the change, he grabs it. Now father and son are on the run. But how far will they get?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–5—There's little to engage children in this spare book about a boy who learns that his father is an ex-bank robber serving time. Fourth-grader Anthony Cantes was raised believing his absentee dad, Rafael, is a wildlife photographer who visits exotic locales. The reality, though, is more grit than glamour-his father is awaiting trial for an earlier jail escape. Anthony's older sister, Lise, tells him the truth. After his mother relates a weak, less-than-illuminating back story about Rafael, the boy begs to visit him in prison. Just as his father's trial is about to begin, Anthony finds himself the target of school yard taunts-no one wants to associate with the son of a criminal. Rafael breaks out of jail once again, throwing everything into turmoil. But this time, Anthony takes flight with him. At this point, the story runs away, too, losing all logical focus. Readers will be hard-pressed to believe Rafael's antics, especially the shenanigans he pulls to see his children post-jailbreak. A tepid romance near the novel's end between a policeman's daughter and the protagonist seems more creepy than cute. Ultimately, Bourreau's attempts to manufacture intense drama fail due to flat characterization and an implausible, dull plot.—Lalitha Nataraj, Escondido Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Resentful that he didn't know his father was in jail, Anthony determines to stick with him after he escapes, running away with him to the seaside at Nantes. For two years, the third-grader has been receiving postcards from his father's "travels." His family thought him too young to be told the truth: His father has been in a detention center awaiting trial. With relatively little emotion, narrator Anthony describes his discovery that both his father and grandfather had been professional burglars, his visits to the jail, the disapproval of his classmates when his father's trial is on the news, and how he joins his fugitive father and successfully conceals his getaway under cover of a fireworks display. In this fast-paced, present-tense account, Anthony's voice is believably naïve and accepting. At home, he slept with a night light, but by story's end he's self-sufficient in the dark. He's grown, but his father has not. Anthony would like him to return the stolen money, to have a normal life. But his father justifies himself: Banks are insured; he's never been hurt. Honesty doesn't enter into the picture. First published in France as En Cavale in 2009, this has been smoothly translated by Maudet. This glimpse of existential amorality will leave readers with much to think about. (Fiction. 9-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375990762
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

CLARA BOURREAU writes screenplays for television and film in France.

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