- Published: New York : Viking, 2011.
- Year Published: 2011
- Description: 324 p. ; 22 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
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Call number: Fiction
Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor, Pittsfield Adult, Traverwood Adult, West Adult
Lucy Hull, a young children's librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, finds herself both a kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, ten- year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home. The precocious Ian is addicted to reading, but needs Lucy's help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly antigay classes with celebrity Pastor Bob. Lucy stumbles into a moral dilemma when she finds Ian camped out in the library after hours with a knapsack of provisions and an escape plan. Desperate to save him from Pastor Bob and the Drakes, Lucy allows herself to be hijacked by Ian. The odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip from Missouri to Vermont, with ferrets, an inconvenient boyfriend, and upsetting family history thrown in their path. But is it just Ian who is running away? Who is the man who seems to be on their tail? And should Lucy be trying to save a boy from his own parents?
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Anyway, the allusions to all kinds of classic children's books in this book (including The Borrowers ) are wonderful. The story is really interesting, but I wanted to smack the protagonist a couple times. The ending made up for my frustration with her, though
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