Runner (Paperback)

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(Young Adult Fiction)


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 poignant, this novel avoids easy answers as it examines issues of terrorism and patriotism, fear and courage, and the lives of privilege and poverty.


About the Author

Carl Deuker is the author of many sports novels, including On the Devil's Court, Heart of a Champion, and Painting the Black, all of which were selected as ALA Best Books for Young Adults. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Praise For…

"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: 9780618735051
ISBN-10: 0618735054
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2007
Pages: 224
Language: English