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But the weather-beaten sailboat Chance Taylor and his father call home is thirty years old and hasn’t sailed in years. One step from both homelessness and hunger, Chance worries about things other kids his age never give a thought: Where will the money come for the electricity bill, grocery bill, and moorage fees? So when a new job falls his way, he jumps at the opportunit...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 2nd 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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I would recommend the book Runner by Carl Deuker to a friend because, it’s a very engaging book and you’ll never want to put it down. Three reasons that make my claim true are it has suspense, a lot of conflict, and relatable situations. Evidence that supports my claim is on (177) “I wanted them to contact me. So why was I getting panicky about the guys on the beach.” I chose this quote, because this part of the book was suspenseful. I wanted to know if Chance was going to tell someone about the...more
*** Spoiler alert***
Please read at your own risk. This is a realistic fiction book with a good beginning middle and end. You will find lots of surprises in this book. So if you like suspense action and if you are patient then you are the right person to be reading this book.

The setting starts out in a boat named “Tiny dancer” in which Chances father bought. He bought the boat because he divorced his wife. Chance goes to Lincoln high school. He hates the fact that he is homeless with his father....more
Amy Barth
Chance, a senior in High School, lives on a boat called the Tiny Dancer. His mother left him and his Father is a drunk who cannot keep a steady job. Chance is confronted by a large man and asks if he will make deliveries for him. Chance is desperate for money and takes the job; but the packages he is delivering aren’t what you would expect they are.
This book addresses the issue of a moral code. Chance needed the money but does it make it right that he was delivering drugs, or terrorist bombs? C...more
One of my favorite reads for teens, especially boys. When I have a reluctant reader, this is the book I'll give them to "hook" them into reading for my class. The chapters are short, causing kids to think, "Oh, I can read one more..." leading them to finish the book quicker than they think. They also love the plot, especially the twists at the end. They find it intersteing to talk the themes found in the story: terrorism/September 11 as well as Chance's home life & the decisions he makes. I...more
Cameron Amaya
Review of Runner by Carl Deuker

In this book, Runner, Carl Deuker not only told a fantastic tale of family and friendship, he also perfectly told the internal workings of the "teenage society". He included many of the personal conflicts that today's adolescents must deal with.

This book is the story of a poor teenager, named Chance Taylor, living on a dinky little sailboat and who goes to a school filled with snotty rich kids. After his father loses his job, and only Chances job as a busboy on th...more
Larissa Hinton
I bought this book on discount at--what else-- a library sale!


I know. I went into the library intending on paying some late fees but then I saw . . . Don't glare at me! What can I say? I'm addicted to books! You have been forewarned.

Besides, guess the price?!

Come on, give it a good try!

Good guess, but this is the real price: 25 cents!!

I know, I know! I'm a good shopper thanks to my mother.

Anyway, back to this book. When I read the blurb, I immediately picked it up because it enticed m...more
Apr 20, 2011 Tylor added it
i choose t his book because it sounded vary cool and this guy is my favorite author.this is a realistic fiction i think because things that are happing these days it really wouldnt surprise me. the setting is mostly on around town which i believe is settle and on is boat the tiny dance. the main chracter is chance taylor i feel bad for this kid he dosent have a mother and his father is a drunk that cares for his son but just dosent show much. chance needs to find a way to help his dad pay the bi...more
Aurora Mala
The Runner
Carl Deuker: 216 Pages

Chance is a poor boy that jumps at the opportunity of becoming a runner who picks up odd packages on a daily route and delivers them to a man at the marina. Chance knows that he will get paid for it. What he doesn’t know is what will happen as he continues this path.

Chance started doing this because his father, who is an alcoholic, has no job and suffers with the emptiness of his wife leaving him. As the book goes on, Chance continues to collect these packages a...more
Thomas Joseph
If you have read any of my other reviews then you must know that I can be very picky about what an author does, or how a book flows, etc. Carl Deuker is no exception. I picked up Runner because the synopsis grabbed my by the ear. Terrorism, courage, money, an adolescent, what couldn't be awesome? How about the very real possibility of being able to predict the ending from the first few chapters. Ok, so let's pretend that you look past the foreshadowing that is slapping you in the face and just f...more
I enjoy reading Carl Dueker for three main reasons. First, his works are in the young adult genre, and although I'm 41, that is comfortable and interesting reading. Next, most of what I"ve read from him revolves around sports. Lastly, I've never been to the Seattle area, and the settings are always in this area.

Now, Runner, fulfilled my expectations with a likable and interesting main character, Chance. His logical view on his father's alcoholism is believable and not over dramatic. I thought ho...more
Runner by Carl Deuker was a very interesting book. It was filled with suspense, excitement, a little action and mystery. Carl did a very good job in creating suspense right before the climax to emphasize the climax. The suspense builds until you think the climax is going to appear but then Carl Deuker continues to create more suspense until there is not much more there can be and the Carl drops the suspense on you. This creates the illusion that the suspense is greater than it actually would hav...more
I think what disappointed me most about this novel is that it just didn't try very hard. Characterization, plot, setting...nothing feels complete, and many times it feels color-by-numbers, or worse, arbitrary ( arbitrary worse than color-by-numbers? Food for thought).

The young adult novel centers around Chance Taylor (yup, I should have known), who lives in poverty with his dad on their boat. Mom's gone, Chance is washing dishes, getting beaten up by bullies, etc. etc.--the stereotypical...more
Michael Layer3
By Carl Deuker
Chance Taylor is a teenager whose dad is a heavy drunk. They are very poor and they live on a small sailboat that can’t even sail. His dad lost his job and they have used up all of his welfare. His mom dad left them and never kept in touch.Chance really enjoyed running. He ran every day. He would run to a tree and back which was almost 7 miles. One day, he was going to the locker room to take a shower and a fat man stopped him. He offered him a job delivering mysterious packa...more
Trever Petersen
i really liked the book! i would highly recommend it. If you want a book that is fast paced and suspenseful, this is the book for you. Quick review; About a boy named Chance who lives on a boat called the "Tiny Dancer" with his dad, who's an alcoholic spends his money on cigarettes and alcohol. Chance realizes that they aren't going to make it if one of them doesn't get a job. Chance feels like it rests on his shoulders to make the money. One day Chance runs into a guy who offers him to run and...more
Miguel A
Apr 04, 2014 Miguel A is currently reading it
This book is about a 15 years old that has a drunk parents and his mother left him. His having problems because his dad losses his jobs and they need to pay the rent of the tinny dancer.The kid is in love with a girl in school named Melissa and they start hanging out. The kid loves running, he starts looking for a job and one day I gay offers him a job of transporting the drugs running, and he accept after months of doing he gets in trouble and figured out that he is going to get caught and that...more
this book is about a kid named Chance he lives in a boat his dad is and alcholic and can barly hold his job. Chance worries dat their going to get kick out cuz his dad can bearly pay the bills. His job pays him little $ so one day he meets a fat guys and tells him if he wants to make easy money. he accepts so chance has to pick up packages buy this train trail. he dosent no wats in them, but he knows its drugs. one day he starts to get this red packages their diffrent then the other ones this on...more
Lots of action, lots of suspense. And I like Dueker’s writing style. He doesn’t waste much time getting to the good stuff, and he’s not simply writing from a young adult action formula either. It must be difficult, in this kind of book, to keep the main teenager acting like a teenager, instead of some supercharged adult private eye. High school senior Chase makes a lot of believable choices, even as the threats around him get crazy.

Not that Dueker’s storyline is perfectly logical. I still don’t...more
This book was actually fantastic. At first, I thought it was just going to be merely about running. however, it was so much more. It really gave me one major lesson that there's more than that that meets the eye. I loved how you saw the characters relationship grow, especially between Chance and his father. the book was also realistic and I enjoyed that about it as well. however it showed that not all endings are happy.

to summarize the book I would say that it takes place in Puget Sound, a quie...more
Tyler Auffhammer
Runner by Carl Deuker is a great high school reading list book. It deals with so many obstacles and problems that normal high school students would encounter, such as parental issues, alcoholism, love, etc. If I was a teacher, I could find so many characters and situations that my students could relate to in this book. The main character, Chance, is so true to the nature of teenagers today. He loves his father and therefore doesn't make him feel bad when he tells Chance that they are going to sa...more
Emma Harvelle (Verity Reviews)
Runner was an ingeniously plotted book. It starts off innocent enough, as you'd expect, until the sense of imminent danger creeps in and things very quickly turn deadly. At first, it's just a book about a kid who's had to grow up too fast and the relationship between him and his father. After Chance begins smuggling to make ends meet, the suspense builds until the final, epic conclusion. The story was predictable, but there are only so many ways illegal smuggling can end. Even though I expected...more
This book was different than what I expected. I thought the writing was fine, but didn't connect the way I thought it would. The last third of the book seems like an entirely different story than the rest. I would have liked to see a bit more with the father/son relationship as well.

I have this book in my classroom library, and the male students seem to like it.
This may be a near perfect book for guys who don't like to read. With short chapters, compelling conflict, and memorable characters, Deuker has mixed the right portions of excitement and realism. The strained relationship between the protagonist an his drunk of a father made for compelling reading.

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For my book report project I read RUNNER by Carl Deuker. The main theme of this book is basically to not jump the chance of a job without knowing really what the job is. This book is a puzzling/action book that I think people will love. This book contains a lot of questioning. It also has some excitement.
This book is about a kid in Seattle named Chance Taylor needing money to help his alcoholic dad pay the bills. But, when a job suddenly falls into place, Chance jumps at the o...more
I read this book in one sitting simply because it was so intense and such a page turner that I couldn't put it down. The book wasn't highly prolific or even eleoquently written. But it did have all the typical set up of a fast paced story that keeps you wanting to read it more. It told the story of Chance and who he becomes a "runner" for drug smuggling in order to pay the bills that his drunken father can't seem to manage. The story, while narrated in Chance's striaght forward and highly bland...more
Genesis Simpson
This story was interesting and great. it was a great mystery trying to figure out what was in the package.
Brandon Quezada
good book very cool to read
It was a really interesting book. It was my summer reading book. Its about a boy names Chance who lives in a boat with his dad but then stuff stars to happen. He had a job as a janitor in a restaurant. He wanted a better job. He wanted to get payed more because his dad was a alcoholic and didn't have a job, so they didn't have enough money to buy food /clothes /pay for bills. He found a new job and was collecting packages. He got payed 200 dollars a week. He had enough money for food/clothes now...more
Evan T
Great book!
I want to go to Washington so badly, and this book gave me some insight to that. Chance lives in Seattle, Washington with his drunk dad. No friends. No goals. No future. This is a very quick read because their is no character development so I kind of have to speculate on who Chance is. I like him. He takes care of his dad which leads up to the ending (very sad!) but not surprising. I didn't care much for Melissa, because she was to nosy, but she was his only friend so I give her some credit. Goo...more
Jesse Robertson
Jesse Robertson
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I decided to read Runner by Carl Dueker. I believe he wrote the book to entertain, and interest young readers. It’s about a teenage boy named Chance Taylor (My favorite character because of the way he takes care of himself). Chance lives with his dad Jack Taylor, because his mom(Least favorite be she left chance saying she will come get him, but never did) walked out on them when he was younger. Him and his dad both live on a little sailboat called the Tiny Dancer w...more
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