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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Margaret K McElderry
Publication date October 1, 2000
Pages 200
Binding Hardcover
Book category Juvenile Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780689838842
ISBN-10 0689838840
Dimensions 1 by 5.75 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $17.00
Other format details juvenile
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Having lived a privileged and rather sheltered life, Ellis seeks adventures before going off to college and so takes a trip with a former classmate who introduces him to a world he never knew existed.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

It is seventeen-year-old Ellis's first night at home after graduating from prep school. By chance he bumps into Jackie Cattle, whom he remembers from grade school. Jackie is a couple of years older than Ellis, a drifter, disreputable, yet with an odd charm and a disarming wit.

For the next twenty-four hours, Ellis enters an extraordinary world on the fringe of society that he never knew existed. Jackie introduces him to life at the Land-of-Smiles, a dilapidated motel where nightly a strange collection of local characters gather to drink and talk. Two attractive sisters, Ursa and Leona, the elder studying to be a lawyer, live there. Leona loves and takes care of a baby whose mother stops in only once in a while. Then the baby disappears, and Ellis is thrust into a wild, sometimes almost violent search for the child.

This is a stunning novel that grips the reader as it sweeps to its conclusion. Rich characterization, breathtaking action, and an ultimately heartwarming solution distinguish this latest triumph of Margaret Mahy.

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Hardcover
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from Margaret K McElderry (October 1, 2000)
9780689838842 | details & prices | 200 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | Rec. grade levels 7-9 | 0.80 lbs | List price $17.00
About: During his first twenty-four hours after finishing high school, seventeen-year-old Ellis unexpectedly becomes part of an inner-city world far different from his comfortable life, which helps deal with his best friend's recent suicide.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Simon Pulse (October 1, 2001)
9780689839030 | details & prices | 200 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 7-9 | 0.55 lbs | List price $10.00
About: During his first twenty-four hours after finishing high school, seventeen-year-old Ellis unexpectedly becomes part of an inner-city world far different from his comfortable life, which helps him deal with his best friend's recent suicide.
Reinforced
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from Demco Media (July 1, 2001)
9780606216098 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | Rec. grade levels 7-9 | 0.70 lbs | List price $18.56
About: During his first twenty-four hours after finishing high school, seventeen-year-old Ellis unexpectedly becomes part of an inner-city world far different from his comfortable life, which helps him deal with his best friend's recent suicide.
Prebinding
from Turtleback Books (October 1, 2001)
9780613732666 | details & prices | 200 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | Rec. grade levels 7-9 | 0.80 lbs | List price $18.95
About: During his first twenty-four hours after finishing high school, seventeen-year-old Ellis unexpectedly becomes part of an inner-city world far different from his comfortable life, which helps him deal with his best friend's recent suicide.

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