Running the Risk

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After being the victim of an armed robbery, Sean should be terrified but he isn't. He finds he likes the rush that comes from danger and tries to recreate the feeling. But when his risktaking leads him to some of the worst parts of town and he finds himself face-to-face with the original armed robbers he finds he must do the right thing.
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Overview

After being the victim of an armed robbery, Sean should be terrified but he isn't. He finds he likes the rush that comes from danger and tries to recreate the feeling. But when his risktaking leads him to some of the worst parts of town and he finds himself face-to-face with the original armed robbers he finds he must do the right thing.
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Editorial Reviews

Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
"The target audience will relate to Sean's challenges, choices and final decision to take action."
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"The plot moves quickly with lots of dialogue to keep the reluctant reader interested."
CM Magazine
"Choyce incorporates suspense, mystery and the social issue of homelessness into a fast-paced story that is sure to appeal to both male and female readers…This protagonist is both a likeable and believable character, and, in typical reluctant reader fashion, the reader will undoubtedly eagerly continue the story though to the concluding pages. Recommended."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"The plot moves quickly and the ending satisfying...The unusual plot and honest character will attract readers, especially reluctant readers."
Children's Literature - Jillian Hurst
Sean stared death in the eye. While working the late shift at Burger Heaven, Sean and the other cashiers were robbed at gunpoint for all of the restaurant's money. Sounds terrifying, right? Well, while looking down the barrel of a gun, Sean reacted calmly, but inside he felt exhilarated. He felt the adrenaline rush of risk. It was something that, after the fact, he could not imagine living without. After-school games of Xbox by himself were no longer appealing. He began to seek out circumstances where he could find this feeling again—hanging out with Jeanette, the sexy and anxious girl from school who was also working the night of the robbery, and befriending a confused homeless lady from the streets. Sean's newfound untamed conscience, guided by the life and wisdom of his dead grandfather, comes full-circle when he realizes who held him up. Now Sean has to decide what to do with this information—does he turn the guy in and risk putting himself in danger, or does he say nothing, potentially leaving others to be hurt? Many young readers could relate to the protagonist—an average teenage boy who suddenly discovers that life does not have to be boring. Lesley Choyce uses the creative format of a short story to tell this tale of risk, love, and awakening. Reviewer: Jillian Hurst
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554690251
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Orca Soundings Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 806,449
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lesley Choyce is a publisher and author of more than sixty books.

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The door opened and two guys with ski masks on walked in. One walked straight to me. The other went straight to Lacey at her register. As they approached, I saw the guns come up. Lacey, Cam and I froze. The room suddenly went dead quiet except for the sound of hamburgers sizzling in the back and the buzz of the overhead fluorescent lights. I'd never even noticed the hum of the fluorescent lights before.
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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    Sean has lived a fairly low-key existence. He does well in school and has parents who support him and expect him to head to college when he finishes high school. They really don't even care if he gets an after-school job, instead thinking he should focus his attention on success in school. But the lure of some extra pocket money and a little excitement lead him to a job at Burger Heaven.

    Flipping burgers is not Sean's dream job, but it's keeping him busy. He never imagined it would offer the rush of adrenaline that would turn him into a risk-taker. It happened shortly after midnight on a Friday. The guys entered the restaurant wearing ski masks and carrying guns. When one of them stepped up to the counter and looked Sean in the eyes, something clicked and Sean seemed to know exactly what to do. He calmly handed them the money from each of the cash drawers. They accepted the cash and left, only having fired a single shot at the ceiling.

    Could all the action and excitement be over by the end of page 6? Hardly. Sean's experience at Burger Heaven is just the beginning of his new, risky life. His parents and even some of his friends think the robbery should have freaked him out enough to make him play it safe and quit his job, but that's the last thing Sean wants. He is forced into a mandatory week off to "recover" from the experience, but that time off simply becomes the beginning of Sean's search for adventure and excitement.

    In RUNNING THE RISK, author Lesley Choyce presents a situation in which a character encounters a life-threatening event that triggers a desire for continued adventure. Sean's brush with danger whets his appetite for risky behavior. He becomes intrigued with a dangerous girl, unsavory parts of town, and even a psychotic homeless woman.

    Will his new behavior end in tragedy, or will he come to his senses in time to return to his perhaps less exciting, but safe life?

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