by Carl Deuker
How would you like to be living on a sailboat on Puget Sound while going to high school? How about if the sailboat is rundown, can’t sail? How about if your father is an alcoholic and can’t hold a job?
Chance Taylor holds life, boat and dad together with a job washing dishes at Ray’s Boathouse, so when the owner of the marina offers him $250 simply to drop a package--under a bush--while he is jogging--Chance figures that it is probably illegal.
The money though, means that he can concentrate on school and even find time for the girl he likes, Melissa. He could not have been more wrong however, because the job is every bit as Illegal as Chance has suspected--but in any way you might have thought!
There are lots of subplots that move this already fast paced story along: Chance’s father was a Gulf War hero; the man who hires him is found mysteriously dead; Chance finds he has opinions for the first time in his life as he discusses them with Melissa, who is also the editor of the school paper. The story never slows--we all keep running until the end.
(Booktalk by Mary Jo Heller, Shoreline School District)
Last Updated: January 15, 2008