Gr 7-10 A protected 16-year-old boy's growth to manhood, as he finally stands up to his father and takes responsibility for himself, is the theme of Phipson's thought-provoking novel. Wealthy, spoiled and heir to his father's bankrupt value system, Roland has always been at once terrified of and in awe of his father. In a reckless driving accident, he hits a baby carriage and flees the scene. Pursued by a constable into the Australian bush, Roland at first falls into his usual role of expecting help from his father, but in the course of the 24 hours or so that he and Gordon, the constable, spend together (Gordon breaks his leg in a fall and cannot move), he displays the courage and the strength of character that enable him to face the consequences of his actions. Phipson's tightly written story is compelling both as a survival adventure and as an absorbing character study. Roland's initial acceptance of his father's questionable ethics (cheating is all right as long as you don't get caught) in light of his father's achievements should spark some interesting discussions among young people. The gradual change in Roland is credible, and readers get a strong sense of the conflicting values with which he is dealing. A powerful book, Hit and Run addresses critical questions of individual responsibility in an unforgettable way. David Gale, ``School Library Journal''