Blood on his hands

by Roberts, Willo Davis.

Format: Print Book 2004
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Location Collection Call #
Carnegie Library of McKeesport - Duquesne Young Adult Fiction YA F ROB
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport - Duquesne
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA F ROB
Somewhere in the distance, behind him, Marc heard a hound baying. He hesitated, breathing hard, wiping the sweat off his forehead with the back of his hand, straining to hear better. The hound bayed again, a lonely, fearsome sound.Marc Solie is on the run. He has been for what seems like forever, though it's been less than two years since his little sister died and his family fell apart, since he started running from his pain and despair and pure, desperate loneliness.This time it's different. Marc's not just running from himself this time; he's running from the cops. Marc's done something bad. He's not sure how bad -- maybe as bad as murder.Marc's only chance is to get to his father. His father will know what to do, how to get him out of this mess. But Marc hasn't seen or talked to his father for months, and he's not really sure where he is. So Marc keeps running -- following Interstate 5 north from northern California to Washington, hoping to find him.With only a runt dog named Rat for companionship, Marc has time to reflect on the last two years and come to grips with how his life has changed. For the first time, Marc begins to see how he's responsible for his own actions, and despite any wrongdoings to him, ultimately he's accountable for his life. As Marc sees this truth, he's finally able to stop running and face up to what he's done.Blood on His Hands is a gripping, taut novel about one boy's journey to manhood.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6-8. The three-time Edgar Award winner strays a bit from her usual territory here, though she still manages to create a sense of dread--at least for her main character, a runaway teen who fears he has killed a bullying camp counselor. In a blind panic after whacking the man with a tree limb, Marc flees, hoping to reach his father, who he thinks is the only adult he can trust. As he runs, memories of his fractured home life spread out before him--the death of his beloved sister, his parents' divorce, his mother's relationship with the autocrat who sends him to a camp for incorrigible kids. Nothing unexpected occurs, and the adult characters are little more than stereotypes--self-involved, cruel, ignorant, or ineffectual. But Marc himself is clearly a good kid who is acting out because he's been ignored, and teens who feel their own lives similarly spinning out of control will have no trouble sympathizing. Roberts should also get points for the way things turn out: Marc's life is looking up by the close--but he doesn't get off scot-free. --Stephanie Zvirin Copyright 2004 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Family problems -- Fiction.
Emotional problems -- Fiction.
Grief -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Atheneum Books for Young Readers,2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 188 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0689850743 (hardcover)
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