Runner

Runner

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Paula Rohrlick
To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, May 2005: Chance lives on a sailboat in Seattle's harbor, but it isn't exactly a "floating mansion." It's as beaten-up and beaten down as his alcoholic father, who can't seem to hold a job. Chance's mother left long ago, and he worries each month about whether his father will manage to pay the bills. So when a man from the marina approaches Chance and offers him money to pick up and deliver mysterious packages on his daily run, Chance doesn't ask many questions, though he's pretty sure drugs are involved. At school, he's a "ghost-walker," just waiting to graduate and enlist in the army to get away, but a new friend named Melissa gets through to him. Her curiosity about his runs, however, nearly gets her in danger, and when Chance discovers that it's not just drugs he's helping to smuggle matters come to a head, with tragic consequences. Deuker, the author of Night Hoops and other YA novels, crafts a suspenseful and involving story that tackles timely issues of terrorism, patriotism, poverty, and privilege. Chance's dilemmas will quickly draw readers in and keep them turning the pages.
KLIATT
Chance lives on a sailboat in Seattle's harbor, but it isn't exactly a "floating mansion." It's as beaten-up and beaten-down as his alcoholic father, who can't seem to hold a job. Chance's mother left long ago, and he worries each month about whether his father will manage to pay the bills. So when a man from the marina approaches Chance and offers him money to pick up and deliver mysterious packages on his daily run, Chance doesn't ask many questions, though he's pretty sure drugs are involved. At school, he's a "ghost-walker," just waiting to graduate and enlist in the army to get away, but a new friend named Melissa gets through to him. Her curiosity about his runs, however, nearly gets her in danger, and when Chance discovers that it's not just drugs he's helping to smuggle matters come to a head, with tragic consequences. Deuker, the author of Night Hoops and other YA novels, crafts a suspenseful and involving story that tackles timely issues of terrorism, patriotism, poverty, and privilege. Chance's dilemmas will quickly draw in readers and keep them turning the pages. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Houghton Mifflin, 224p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Paula Rohrlick
Children's Literature
High-school student Chance Taylor lives with his father on a small boat in Puget Sound. His mom walked out years ago, and his dad cannot hold down a job and drinks excessively. To pay the bills, Chance picks up mysterious packages along the sound while he is out running and delivers them to unknown people. He does not know if he is smuggling drugs, jewels, or plastic explosives. At school, Chance is a below-average student with few friends and has no strong prospects of entering college. One girl, Melissa, befriends him, and in the end, saves his life as the packages turn out to be part of a plot to blow up the Sound. Chance's story is suspensefully told and easily engages the reader as the author creates a realistic and sympathetic character. Chance is forced to grow up at an early age and make tough decisions—decisions that cost the life of his father and the loss of a chance to be part of a family. Overall, the story presents a realistic view of a low-income teenager who falls out of the mainstream culture, and the overall plot reflects the tension of terrorism found in the post-9/11 world. 2005, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 15 to 18.
—Patricia Silverberg
VOYA
Readers will be hooked to this fast-paced book from the first sentence and quickly become eager to learn more about Chance's dangerous new job. Teens will relate to references about war, terrorism, and life in a post-September 11 world. Deuker uses the different characters to illustrate the many opinions and feelings that people have about war and patriotism. Although the plot is somewhat predictable, Deuker adds subtle twists and turns that keep the book interesting. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, Houghton Mifflin, 224p., $16. Ages 11 to 15.
—Kristen Moreland, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-When his alcoholic Gulf War veteran father is fired from the first steady job he has held in years, Chance Taylor is understandably glum. He has no idea where they'll get the money to pay the moorage fees for the run-down sailboat they call home. Since his parents' divorce, Chance has tried to keep a low profile in school, and his only pleasure is running by himself along the Seattle waterfront. When a marina office employee offers to pay him $250 a week to pick up occasional packages at a tree along his running route, Chance is deeply suspicious of what they may contain but desperate enough to accept this opportunity to pay the bills. As this new job gradually becomes more dangerous and more clearly illegal, Chance's father is able to rise above his personal problems to help extricate his son. In a gripping climax complete with SWAT teams swarming throughout the marina as Coast Guard patrol boats close in on terrorists, Chance is afforded a final glimpse of the heroic man his father once was. Writing in a fast-paced, action-packed, but at the same time reflective style, Deuker uses fewer sports scenes than in his previous novels, and instead uses running as a hook to entice readers into a perceptive coming-of-age novel. A subplot involving Chance's friendship with a wealthy female classmate whose father was a close high school friend of Chance's father is nicely integrated into this timely, compelling story.-Ginny Gustin, Sonoma County Library System, Santa Rosa, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Seventeen-year-old Chance Taylor lives on a sailboat at the marina. The boat's not seaworthy and represents the life Chance and his father share-rocking back and forth and going nowhere. Chance sits in the back of every classroom, making himself invisible. Mr. Taylor drinks, has trouble holding down a job and struggles to pay the bills. 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. Sinister goings-on, a murder, last-minute heroism and a new life rich with possibility make this a satisfying read. Deuker's brisk narrative, long on action if short on embellishment, will carry along even the most reluctant of readers in this post-9/11 tale of terrorism on the Puget Sound. (Fiction. 11+)
From the Publisher

"The sports and suspenseful action will easily draw readers, as will the gripping adventure’s deeper issues of crime, class, ineffectual parents, and a teen’s questions about his uncertain future." Booklist, ALA

"Writing in a fast-paced, action-packed, but at the same time reflective style, Deuker uses fewer sports scenes than in his previous novels, and instead uses running as a hook to entice readers into a perceptive coming-of-age novel." School Library Journal

"Fast-paced and suspenseful." Horn Book

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547349459
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/23/2007
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
264,164
File size:
144 KB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Carl Deuker participated in several sports as a boy. He was good enough to make most teams, but not quite good enough to play much. He describes himself as a classic second-stringer. "I was too slow and too short for basketball; I was too small for football, a little too chicken to hang in there against the best fastballs. So, by my senior year the only sport I was still playing was golf." Carl still loves playing golf early on Sunday mornings at Jefferson Park in Seattle, the course on which Fred Couples learned to play. His handicap at present is 13. Combining his enthusiasm for both writing and athletics, Carl has created many exciting, award-winning novels for young adults. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and daughter.

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Austin_Skinner41 More than 1 year ago
Runner- Carl Deuker The book “Runner” by Carl Deuker is about a high school student named Chance Taylor, who lives with his borderline alcoholic dad on a small boat. Chance has had to take care of his dad and himself ever since his mom died. One thing he does every day is run. He runs the same route at almost the same time every day. One day, a big man came to his locker at the showers one day after his run. He offers Chance two-hundred dollars per week to do what he already does, run. All he has to do is wear a small backpack when he does it. If he finds a small package hidden in a tree by where he runs, he takes it back and puts It in a locker. With his dad’s poor job and the moorage fee rising, he takes the job. He has no idea what he is carrying, nor does he care. He now has money to live on. Little did he know that this job would take him on a journey that had some great costs. This book is one of my all time favorites. It is an action-packed novel with more twists and turns that a back road in West Virginia. As soon as you suspect something will happen, you find out that the book went in a completely different direction. Carl Deuker has written a masterpiece. Its mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire two hundred sixteen pages. I would recommend this book to anybody eighth grade and up. It is definitely not a book for elementary school kids, but may be a good choice for middle and high school students. Deuker wrote a magnificent book that I would read again and again without getting the slightest bit bored.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me stay up until 3:00 a.m, lose points on my Social Studies Test, and made me get grounded for 5 days. I FREAKIN' LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I love how Chance is independent, and how Melissa is nosy @ the right times. Awesome book. Buy it. Read it. Love it. Peace, Ma peeps! >&bull;<
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got it from my library and im loving it
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She purred
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Runner123456789 More than 1 year ago
The book is very ineteresting and I recommend this book to anyone who likes reading books.
Jesse_Adamski16 More than 1 year ago
¿Great heartbreaking book!!! Runner -Carl Deuker By-Jesse Adamski What if you helped terrorism happen without knowing, would you? Would you keep it a secret to earn money to pay bills? These are questions that will face Chance Jones in the book Runner, by Carl Deuker. When Chance&rsquo;s family is in trouble he must forget his dreams to save it. What would you do to keep a boat you call home? The book takes place in Seattle. It is a realistic fiction, fast pace book based on corruption/terrorism. The main character Chance Jones is the narrator of this first person point of view novel. The character goes through much frustration and changes throughout the story. Chance is a track runner at his school and by far the fastest. When his old bully Pvt. Miller talks about the war Melisa, Chance&rsquo;s future girlfriend ask him if he read about Afghanistan, then Chance tells her Miller will not read about the war. Miller tells Chance after school &ldquo;you had a lot to say in the classroom than out here Chance.&rdquo; Chance father later loses his job &amp; Chance decides he should get one to pay bills. When Chance gets a job for delivery &amp; quits his old one at Randy&rsquo;s restraunt. His new job is to deliver packages to a locker after running the same path each day. His dad finds out Chance is hiding something, so Chance gives him a red package, and inside is a plastic explosive. Will Chance stop a Terrorist plot or will he lose his father? What if you were in Chance&rsquo;s position? Runner is one of my favorite books. It shows the struggle teens face today. Part of this book will break your heart &amp; leave you questioning.
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It is a good book but it needs to be about two hundred pages longer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing book! finished it in two days! I couldnt put it down
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Awesome book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Couldn't put it down. Anybody that likes action novels should buy this book. You wont be wasting your money
Mac-W08 More than 1 year ago
The book &ldquo;Runner&rdquo; is about a boy that is in his senior year of high school. He and his father are on their own living on a boat. You might think to yourself that they are very lucky, but you&rsquo;re wrong. Their boat is no bigger than a one car garage and it doesn&rsquo;t even have a bathroom. To make matters worse, the boy&rsquo;s dad lost his job and is a drunk. This boy, that is not even considered an adult yet, is practically living on his own. He is paying the mortgage bill all by himself and both he and his dad are barely able to afford food and water to survive. One day when the boy is out for his daily two mile run around the harbor, a strange man approached him. The boy thought that the man looked very suspicious. The man then told the boy that he&rsquo;s been watching him. The boy&rsquo;s first reaction was to run and not look back, but he kept listening. The man then offered him a job that deals with running by a rock and picking up a package. The boys first thought was that he was not getting into smuggling drugs, but then the man caught the boy&rsquo;s attention. He was offering two hundred dollars a week. The boy took the job right away. This teenage boy might think that he has a dream job that will fix all of his family&rsquo;s problems, but he doesn&rsquo;t know what he is getting himself into. I really like this book because it was fast pace and I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. I would recommend this book to anyone that is into action filled books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I really enjoyed this book. I am new to Carl Deuker but after reading this book I am interested in others by him. Action packed and suspensefull. I highly recommend it. A book that I didnt want to put down.
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Chloe Stallion More than 1 year ago
i loved this book and i want to read again!
aj_r More than 1 year ago
The main character of the book is Chance. This book was written by Carl Deuker. Chance and his dad live on a boat. His dad is having problems paying mortgage fees and other expenses. Chance's dad is an alcoholic by spending the rest of his spare change on beer. The father would rather sit out on his tiny boat drinking than helping his son. To me that is a bad dad. Chance never sees his mom because the she want to actually do something with her life, like work for example. A random person known as stranger who nobody has seen before works in the marina office and asks Chance if he wants money to help his father. Chance accepted that deal. All he had to do was jog a mile to a point to look for a package and bring it back. If there is a package at the point, Chance returns it to the office marina guy. Every week Chance receives $200 dollars every time he ran. Chance is desperate for money to keep his boat and his spot on the pier. In this great thrilling book, Carl Deuker combines global concerns and the threat of terrorism with the everyday worries of a teen. Supported by a smart, politically aware girl in his history class, Chance learns there's a lot more to patriotism than just waving a flag, and a lot more to courage than just following rules he knows may be wrong. To me it was the greatest book I ever read.
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