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Title:
On the run
Author:
Bancks, Tristan, author.
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Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
Physical Description:
227 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Twelve-year-old Ben, who aspires to be a police officer, struggles to do the right thing when his parents suddenly take him and his little sister "on vacation, " and he learns they took a large amount of money that was mistakenly deposited in their bank account.
General Note:
"Margaret Ferguson books."
Language:
English
Reading Level:
650 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780374301538
Format :
Book

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Summary

Ben has always wanted to be a cop, so he's intrigued when police officers show up at the door, asking for his parents. Then his parents arrive after the police leave and rush him and his sister into the car, insisting they are going on a vacation. Ben's a little skeptical--his family doesn't go on vacations. After they lose the police in a high-speed car chase and end up in a remote cabin deep in the woods, Ben discovers his parents' secret: millions of dollars were deposited into their bank account by accident, and they took the money and ran off. Ben isn't sure what to think. Are his parents criminals? And because he ran off with them, is he a criminal, too?


Author Notes

Tristan Bancks won an Honour Book at the 2015 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards with his title, Two Wolves. He also won a Young Australian's Best Book Award 2015 in the Fiction for years 7-9 category with this same title.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ben Silver loves to make homemade movies and write about detectives stopping crime. But when his parents take Ben and his sister, Olive, on a sudden vacation to his grandfather's abandoned cabin, he finds himself in the middle of his own real-life mystery. His parents dodge Ben's questions and start acting increasingly strange (they change their appearance and drive away from a police officer), but he is determined to find out what is going on. When he learns that millions of dollars have been accidentally deposited into his parents' account and they took off with it, Ben knows something bad is about to happen and he has to protect his sister. Ben's father is gruff and abusive, and Ben learns to stand up for himself by the end of the tale. While some of the details are not well developed and the story ends a bit abruptly, middle-grade readers who enjoy suspenseful tales are sure to be the prime audience for this part-survival, part-mystery novel.--Thompson, Sarah Bean Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In this dynamic adventure, an overt tribute to My Side of the Mountain, 12-year-old Ben Silver, nicknamed "Cop" for his endless strings of questions, spends his days indoors, making stop-action movies about detectives and eating junk food. When police come looking for his parents, Ben is thrust into his own thriller. Hiding out in his grandfather's run-down cabin, Ben tries to piece together clues and determine what role he will play in his parents' crime story: "In Ben's stories, the good guys always won. But Ben didn't know who the good guys were in this story. Or where it would end." When Ben and his younger sister, Olive, end up on the run, he faces both moral questions and very real life-or-death situations. Bancks's (Mac Slater Hunts the Cool) characters, particularly Ben's parents, are rich with their own failings, requiring expanded definitions of heroism and redemption. Suspense and fear make Ben feel like he's living his own stop-action movie, and indeed his story has both the exciting pace and high stakes of a summer blockbuster. Ages 10-12. Agent: Catherine Drayton, Inkwell Management. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-The most adventure Ben sees on a daily basis is in the stop-motion movies he makes alone in his room, and that's the way he likes it. However, his safe, sedentary life is altered when Ben's parents whisk him and his sister away on a road trip to an isolated cabin in the woods. His parents claim they are on vacation, but Ben begins to think they are on the lam. He pieces together clues to discover that millions of dollars were mistakenly deposited into his parents' bank account, and they've chosen to run off with it. He is torn between turning in his parents to the authorities, thereby ending the misery of being on the run, and staying loyal to them, thereby seeing if money (even if stolen) can indeed buy happiness. This is an adventure story with broad appeal, from high-speed police chases, to wilderness survival. There are a number of extended, suspenseful scenes, including one in which the boy and his sister must survive on their own in the woods for several days. Ben is a well-developed, sympathetic character, grappling with a cruel father, weight problems, and evolving confusion about his place in his family, with age-appropriate confusion and insecurity. VERDICT This is a story that will appeal to avid consumers of adventure stories and reluctant readers alike.-Jenna Lanterman, formerly at The Calhoun School and Mary McDowell Friends School, New York City © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.