FC: Ryan Parker 5th English I
2: Carl Deuker Sports Fiction
3: Modern Day | Winter, Fall
4: The Runner was about a boy named Chance that lives with his drunken father. They always have had trouble with keeping cash. His dad couldn't keep a job because of his drinking habit. Chance's job is at a nice local restaurant where he makes minimum wage. A man that works at the | ship yard tells him he can get him really good cash for little work. So Chance accepts the job and then finds out that he is helping terrorist smuggle explosives into the country. The terrorists had been storing the explosives in Chances boat, and they came to get them one day and it was just his dad there
5: and the terrorists took his dad and they went to blow up a cruiser, but Chance's dad beat one of the terrorists up and then went down into the lower deck and then the boat blew up and Chance's dad died a true veteran of war.
6: Characters | Chance is the main character in the book and he is in high school and lives with his dad on a sail boat in Seattle, Washington. He also likes to run everyday. Melissa is a girl at school that likes to hangout with Chance. Chances dad is a drunk that can;t ever keep a job. Brent Miller is a kid that used to hangout with Chance but now is his bully. Melissa's father is a man that went to school with Chance's dad.
8: Conflicts | Internal Conflict - Chance does not like his job that he has working at Ray's because when he gets home he is hot and exhausted. External Conflict - Chance's dad has a hard time staying in employment because of his drinking problem. Internal Conflict - Brent Miller is a bully to Chance because his dad beat up his dad. External Conflict - Chance and his dad have a hard time paying the mortgage fee. Internal Conflict - Chance does not like the fact that he is help terrorist smuggle drugs into the country by picking up the packages on the beach.
9: Resolutions | Chance quits his job at Ray's because he does not like the hot rooms that he has to work in, and they don't even have windows. Chance's dad stops drinking so much and calls an old friend that gives him a job at a business. Brent Miller was shipped to Iraq where he was to serve in the army, he was killed in an explosion on a bridge in Iraq. Chance and his dad pick up their act and get better jobs. He quits smuggling the packages because he does not want to get caught.
10: About the Author | Carl Deuker likes to write stories that middle school kids and high school kids would like to read. He most likely wants to keep kids out of trouble. He might have been in some trouble as a child himself because most of his books deal with doing drugs, and other illegal things.
11: Recommendation | I would recommend this book to a teenager or middle school student the most because of some of the language in it, but it didn't really offend me. I would also recommend the book Runner to a person that likes tons of action in the book, and likes the resolution to be very exciting.