The White Mercedes

The White Mercedes

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by Philip Pullman, Colin Moody
     
 

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A chance meeting with Jenny at an Oxford party leaves seventeen-year-old Chris with hope for a summer romance - and no premonition of trouble. Busy with his job and soon in love with Jenny, whose cheerful surface belies the dark uncertainty of her past, Chris misses all the signs of danger. Before he knows it, he's caught in the sinister web of a criminal whose

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A chance meeting with Jenny at an Oxford party leaves seventeen-year-old Chris with hope for a summer romance - and no premonition of trouble. Busy with his job and soon in love with Jenny, whose cheerful surface belies the dark uncertainty of her past, Chris misses all the signs of danger. Before he knows it, he's caught in the sinister web of a criminal whose desire for revenge crushes all those who stand in his way.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a starred review, PW called this menacing tale of doomed lovers "a modern-day Shakespearean tragedy," with "evocative narrative and throat-tightening suspense"; graphic sex, moral ambiguity and a somber ending make it most suitable for mature YA readers. Ages 12-up. (July)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Better known for his YA Victorian thrillers and the first two volumes of his fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, Pullman here brings his magic into the contemporary world. When seventeen-year-old Chris saves lovely, mysterious Jenny from the clutches of partying Oxford students he is immediately lost. Impossibly in love, Chris pursues Jenny through a world of treachery he's never conceived, a world that has no happy endings. Pullman has created a strong story of teenage passions and lost innocence. 1997 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 11 Up—"Chris Marshall met the girl he was going to kill on a warm night in early June." From the first line, there is no doubt how Philip Pullman's story (Knopf, 1993) will end. Chris is a 17-year-old English boy living in Oxford, England. He works for Barry Miller, who appears to be a decent employer and loving husband and father, but hides a past that will ensnare Chris in a web of deceit, betrayal, and murder. Chris falls hard for Jenny, a homeless teen running from her past. They are forced apart by circumstances and spend much of this short novel searching for each other. When Chris finally finds Jenny again, he mistakenly believes that she and Barry are together. Chris decides to help a mysterious man in a white Mercedes locate Barry and, too late, realizes Jenny is in danger. Narrator Colin Moody does a fine job of propelling the story forward and distinguishes each character with a unique voice. A frank, sexual scene bumps this tale into the mature teen bracket. Since the novel was published nearly two decades ago, today's teens may feel its date. For example, during a critical plot point, much hangs on locating a telephone. While the story is interesting, it never quite reaches the must-read level of many of Pullman's other titles. An additional purchase for libraries serving mature teens.—Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781501272042
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
05/04/2015
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, in 1946. He has won many awards, including the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. His acclaimed trilogy, His Dark Materials, has been published in thirty-nine languages. . The Amber Spyglass, the trilogy’s astonishing finale, was the first children’s book in history to win the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. It was also nominated for the Booker Prize. When he is not writing books, Pullman enjoys drawing, woodworking, and playing the piano. He lives with his family in Oxford, England.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Oxford, England
Date of Birth:
October 19, 1946
Place of Birth:
Norwich, England
Education:
Exeter College, Oxford University
Website:
http://www.philip-pullman.com/

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