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24 Hours

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  132 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Ellis has just graduated from prep school. In the next 24 hours, he will find an old friend, shave his head, get a tattoo, and help rescue a kidnapped baby.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Simon Pulse (first published October 1st 2000)
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YA. The thing about Margaret Mahy is that her characters speak with a lot of bang! I tend to shrug it off, figuring that's just the way people talk in New Zealand, overly cheery and always willing to end with an exclamation point. It's definitely the way people talk in Mahy's New Zealand.

This is a young adult novel with an affable narrator who still makes impulsive, childish decisions, but who is in the process of finding out who he is and what his talents are, and it's satisfying for that. It
Interesting. This quite readable YA novel follows 17-yer-old Ellis over 24 hours, during which time he leaves his middle-class life to become part of a rather touching community of misfits who gather nightly at a rundown motel. In the space of a single day, Ellis leaves behind his shy, loner, don't-get-involved personality to become a fully functioning member of a group that must depend on each other for kindness, support, and ultimately survival. It's a good read - nothing fantastic, but I do l ...more
Driss Haddadi
December 5, 2014

"24 hours" is a great story but the story makes even more intersting when it comes to the author. Here are two reasons that show that. first, she worked in a library. In most of the cases librarians stay librarians and being a librarian makes people want to write which inspired her. second, she got 6 awards. She got many awards and most of them weren't only in New Zealand (her original country). Therefore, Margaret has a great talent at writing books.

Themes excrepce different ide
This book was about 17-year-old Ellis, who just returned home after graduating from prep school, meets up with old grade-school classmates, Jackie Cattle and Christo Kilmer. These two boys, along with three sisters, help to trigger the bizarre events of the next 24 hours.

This was a really good read. Poignant and well-written. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. All of the characters are complex and revealed throughout the events of the novel. The main character Ellis is likeab
Keely Bamber
I decided to read this novel because I wanted to read a novel written by a New Zealand author and I had heard many good reviews about Margaret Mahy so I decided to read a book written by her.

It fits under the "book written by a New Zealand author" box on the bingo board. It was interesting because I don't normally read books written by New Zealand authors and I thought it would be a bit of a change, although I was a bit disappointed because I found the novel to be very boring and the book sort o
Celia Hext
Why I decided to read this book:
I decided to read this book as I had read some other Margaret Mahy books before and liked them and I know she is a good New Zealand author. This book was in my bookcase at home so I picked it up and decided to read it.

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I put this book under the category of 'a New Zealand author'. I was really disappointed because I enjoyed Mahy's last book so much, I had high expectations for this one. I found the book really
Fast paced tale, one of those chance-encounter-that-changes-everything narratives. Ellis is 17, just finished school, on the brink of adulthood, thrilling to the possibilities, still coping with the suicide of is best friend. He meets Jackie, who persuades him to drive them to a party, where they meet two sisters and return to the motel where they live called the Land Of Smiles. This is a whole different world for Ellis, a world of the rejected and the wounded and the disreputable. Before the 24 ...more
Zak Kendall
I love the way this book is written with each chapter reelecting a time during the day. The book follows 24 hours right after the main charter ellis graduates high school and is about to leave for college. This book touches on so many subjects such as, suicide, and love. This is a great read for a middle school student to open their minds to the so called "real world"
Kathleen Dixon
I had the vague feeling I'd read this before, and as I went through I became certain. It's a well-written book, as I find everything written by Margaret Mahy.

This is a coming-of-age book, in a way. The chief protagonist is between school and university and determined to experience life. He does! In the space of 24 hours he experiences a good portion of the things he imagined he wanted to experience over the coming 24 years (or such).

The characters he becomes involved with are a bit whacky, and
Great tension and pacing. This is 24 hours in the life of Ellis, a 17 year old boy just out of school. He is looking for adventure, something to do in the city, when he runs into a boy he knows from school, a few years older than Ellis himself. This is the start of a real rollercoaster ride of a story. Sometimes when I was reading it I was just so glad not to be a teenager. But our Ellis makes good, you will have to read the story to see how it all falls out.
Melinda Szymanik
It's a good story told fairly well but didn't quite have the magic, mystery and urgency of other Margaret Mahy books. What seemed to be a crucial theme in the end didn't really have the right 'weight' through the book and I hadn't felt the pull of this for the central charcter. MM is a skilled writer and this still shines through but the books of hers I have enjoyed the most have magic as a major influence and this isn't the case in 24 Hours
Tyler-j Tuiala
This book goes under the catergory: Recommended by Family Member.
1) I chose to read this book because it was short and simple but still seemed very interesting.
2) I liked the plot and how it kept the reader wanting to know more as they read.
3) I disliked the fact that sometimes I wouldnt understand how some of the weird stuff even happened.
4) I recommend this book for anyone looking for a good story.
Dec 04, 2010 Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars
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While it was a bit of a strange read, I did enjoy this book.
i thought this was boring and stupid
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Margaret Mahy was a well-known New Zealand author of children's and young adult books. While the plots of many of her books have strong supernatural elements, her writing concentrates on the themes of human relationships and growing up.

Her books The Haunting and The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance both received the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association. There have 100 children's boo
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