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#3411688 in Books 2004-05-11 2004-05-11Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 8.50 x .75 x 5.75l, #File Name: 0525473181208 pages | File size: 17.Mb Michael Coleman : On the Run before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised On the Run: 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. Fast paced and amazing.By Laura C. PerenicOriginally titled Going Straight, this UK release about 15-year-old thief Luke Reid focuses who inherited his career choice from his father. Luke hates his father for missing his last 10 birthdays but hasn't quite made the logical leap that if he continues on this path he too will end up at Markham prison like his father. A possibility for reform and redemption comes in the form


of blind marathon runner Jodie who is the victim of a crime Luke could have prevented. Coleman succeeds in creating a fast paced work that maintains suspense and doubt about the main characters' futures. In a few places the English lingo makes the text a bit obtuse, as most readers will not realize that `to grass' is thief slang for narcing or ratting someone out. Another area needing work is a slow chapter that is bogged down by entirely too much information about Louis Braille that would have been better suited to an epilogue. Luke is fascinating internally conflicted young man who has many gifts including the potential to change and the realization that he is in control of his own rehabilitation. The culmination of Luke's choices is a brilliant heart-pounding finale at the London Marathon involving tv cameras, police and an ambulance. All in all a compelling and wild ride about a boy with whom many young readers can emphasize and model their own desires for self-improvement.0 of 1 people found the following review helpful. On The Run by Michael ColemanBy A Customer"On The Run." By Michael Coleman This book is about a boy named Luke. He steals things often. He is like the lock picking champ. He can unlock any lock that you give him. One day Luke saw some shoes in a car so he unpicked the car lock and got the shoes. When he turned around two boys named Lee Young and Mig Russell were standing there. They stole the car that Luke had just unlocked. The owner came running out of the store and was chasing the car. Then he saw the Luke had stolen the shoes. But there was a girl about Luke's age that was standing right were the car was heading. So Luke ran as fast as he could and pushed her out of the way of the car. The owner then cought Luke and toke him to court. Luke had to help blind people for his service. And that is when he found out that the girl standing there that he pushed out of the way was blind and the daughter of the man owning the car. Luke had to help her and run with her so that she could enter a race. Because her old guide runner (her dad) broke his foot chasing Luke. The girls name is Jodie. So her and Luke worked together so much that they became friends and trusted each other. But a couple of days before the race Luke ran into Mig and Lee. They wanted him to pick locks the day of the race so that they could stele stuff. But Luke didn't want to because he was trying to do better. But then they said they would hurt Jodie. And Luke didn't want her to get hurt so he said he would do it. Luke tried to figure out how he was going to do the race and the thing for Mig and Lee. But he was scared of not making it to the race and Jodie wanted to win really bad. Read this book to find out if Luke makes it to the race and wins. I thought this book was really good and I recommend it to people because it is good and exiting. It keeps you reading and into the book!! Review by Jacquel Cunico Lehi, UT0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. A Nice Pair of Running Shoes -- a review by Alec, age 10By A CustomerLuke Reid is a fifteen-year-old thief whose dad is in jail for thievery. All Luke did was try to steal a pair of nice running shoes, but he got caught and now has to help the blind. Unfortunately, the owner of the shoes is a blind girl named Jodi, and Luke has to work for two months with her. Then, if he does well, he gets to work another two months with the blind. If he does badly, he gets sent to jail for two months. Jodi wants to run the London Marathon for kids, which is two and a half miles, with Luke leading her. Will Luke help Jodi win the marathon, or will he have to go to jail?Michael Coleman is a great author who pulls you in with the present part of the story, causing you to forget what happened in the past parts of the story until it's too late. The speed of the information is a bit slow, and so is the storyline, but in the best moments (such as when they are playing Goalball), this book is amazingly good! Fifteen-year-old Luke is a skilled thief with a perfect record until the day he is caught running from a robbery gone wrong. He chooses to save the life of a blind girl, Jodi, rather than escape cleanly. As a result, Luke is given a shot at freedom if he will train to be Jodi's guide in the London Marathon. The friendship that develops between the two offers Luke one last chance to discover just how far-and in what direction-he is willing to run. A taut, unpredictable read, this novel will appeal to anyone who has changed course in life . . . or is trying to figure out how. From School Library JournalGrade 7-9Luke is a petty thief with a talent for picking locks. While breaking into a car, the 15-year-old is shoved aside by two schoolmates who steal it. In the melee, the owner's family returns and the daughter is nearly run down by the vehicle but Luke has the presence of mind to push her to safety. The thieves drive away, but Luke is chased and then tackled by the girl's father. The ensuing arrest lands him back in the juvenile justice system, which is more familiar to him than his own family, particularly his father, who is in prison for fraud and burglary. Honor among thieves prevents Luke from ratting on his schoolmates, but a sympathetic parole officer arranges an unusual community service project involving the girl he rescued. Luke learns that Jodi is blind and wants help training to run a mini-marathon. The unlikely partnership is awkward as Luke guides her along the track using voice commands, but her confidence and determination transform him, and give him a purpose that is no longer selfserving. Fans of British fiction will enjoy the urban dialect, and Jodi's triumph over her disability is inspirational, adding depth to the story. In a page-turning climax, Luke is blackmailed by the car thieves to help break into a garage on the day of the marathon and predictably outruns his demons for a somewhat sentimental but satisfying ending.Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.From BooklistGr. 8-12. Fifteen-year-old Luke Reid is an unrepentant juvenile delinquent, living in a squalid London housing project. While breaking into a car to steal an expensive pair of running shoes, he is interrupted by the project's toughest thugs, who steal the car itself. Meanwhile, the car's owners return, and the car thieves try to run


down the owner's teenage daughter, Jodi. Luke pushes her to safety just in time, and that's just the beginning of this fast-moving story of teens trying to turn their lives around. Luke is arrested, but he is saved from incarceration by an unusual community service sentence: he must help Jodi train for a two-and-a-half-mile run, part of the annual London Marathon. The catch is that Jodi is blind. There are many twists and subplots, and if characterization and description are sometimes lacking, most readers will be caught up in Luke's various dilemmas. Briticisms abound, but most are entirely comprehensible in context. Debbie CartonCopyright American Library Association. All rights reserved

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