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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  3,101 ratings  ·  455 reviews
It's a hot, hot summer, and in the depths of the Toronto Transit Authority's Lost and Found, 17-year-old Duncan is cataloging lost things and sifting through accumulated junk. And between Jacob, the cranky old man who runs the place, and the endless dusty boxes overflowing with stuff no one will ever claim, Duncan's just about had enough. Then he finds a little leather boo ...more
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Published April 12th 2005 by Listening Library (first published October 14th 2003)
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okay, we are going to get quick and dirty on these teen books because i am reading them more quickly than i can review them and the blank spaces next to them in my book list is likely to drive me maaaaad...

"so - just don't review them", you say.

and i wish i could be that guy.

but my untreated and probably inaccurately self-diagnosed ocd forbids this. everything must be tidy, everything must be remarked-upon, everything in its place now.

so - acceleration.

is a fine book. it takes place in toronto
Duncan works in a "lost and found" for the transit authority in Toronto. In a moment of boredom, he picks up a brown leather journal someone left on the train and starts to read. The journal describes acts of arson and other violence and shows newspaper clippings of the events. Reading further, Duncan discovers the author is planning a murder. He goes to the cops but is ignored and decides he must save the murderer's targets.

This book was a "read in one gulp" story. I could not put it down! The
Jane Stewart
4 stars. I was frequently smiling during this book - which is rare.

There’s mystery wondering if and how they will ever find the psychopath. There’s edge of your seat suspense toward the end. The ending was good for the good guys and bad for the bad guy. This is great for young adults and older. It’s about half the length of a regular novel.

What I found most entertaining were thoughts, dialogue, and actions of three 17-year-old boys. That is why I was smiling so much. One example: when Wayne and
Duncan's a 17-year old who lives in "the Jungle", the inner-city of Toronto. During the searing heat-wave of summer, his dead-end summer job in the Toronto Transit Authority's "morgue" (aka: Lost and Found) offers him some respite from the heat, but it doesn't offer him any relief from his nightmares. Or does it? Plagued with nightmares about the drowning girl he couldn't save, Duncan's world takes a CSI-type turn when he finds a journal amongst the "lost treasures" of the morgue--the things lef ...more

Wanted to give it 5 stars so bad, yet alas, I can't! There just seemed to be this gap in logic on Duncan's part after the climax occured, and I suppose he has some reasoning for it, but I just don't get it. Won't discuss it yet for the sake of spoilers, but I'll get more into that when I expand my thoughts.

*After thinking thoughtfully about thoughts*

There is only one tiny little paragraph with spoilers. Everything else is SPOILER-FREE.

Now that I've had time to think about the roller coaster
Kelli Lee
Apr 16, 2012 Kelli Lee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone

I'll make this short and sweet, just like the novel itself. Plot was introduced around page 7, and from there, the story accelerated to a breakneck pace. Never a dull moment. Story demanded my attention. The characters were great - very refreshing to read a male protagonist's voice for a change. I mean, a real male voice, not one that endlessly rambles about clothes and feelings and whatnot. So yeah, that was a plus. And let's see, a killer is on the loose and time is crunching down till he s
This book is just creepy but I couldn't put it down. The suspense and the mystery and just the way it was written. . . I loved it and would recommend it to all YA readers who love mystery!!!
Engaging, fast-paced, suspenseful - very quick read. Definitely one to remember as a recommendation for those reluctant male teen readers...
Myra Khan
A unique idea amongst teen books. Wish there was more by this author but this seems to be it. Loved it.
A good hi-lo mystery with a slightly too-neat ending.
George Zervo

“I don’t know about this guy. He is one of the strangest people I know!!” Acceleration is about seventeen year old Duncan working in Toronto’s subway lost and found finding a psycho serial killer’s diary. Duncan is now on a wild goose chase trying to find “roach” as he calls him. Graham McNamee’s Acceleration was a seat gluer the whole way through.
McNamee’s style is a style that I personally enjoy very much. He has a style that I think is like Steven King and I really enjoy books that have th
Apr 30, 2013 Beverly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 13-15 year olds
Recommended to Beverly by: Kirkus Reviews
Acceleration has a perfect setting for a suspenseful, creepy mystery - the subway system lost and found. Reluctant narrator, 17 year old Duncan, is spending his summer as a clerk in the lost and found. Suffering some PTSD from witnessing an accidental death, at first Duncan found peace in the loneliness and tedious tasks of his his job, but after several weeks, he is so bored he is ready to quit until he stumbles upon a personal journal. Duncan starts to read the journal and as the entries becom ...more
There are so many little bits of awesomeness in this book. Like when Duncan uses steam to take off the receipt, and the funny parts sprinkled in (Duncan works at the lost and found for a subway. It's underground.) "Smells like a tomb down here," he says-- his version of hello. "What happened to the old guy?" I point to the ceiling. "Dead?" he asks. "No. Lunch". (pg 29) (Vinny shows Duncan a map he made) "The red dots are for older incidents-- animal mutilations and fires-- the oldest going back ...more
Vanessa Dyne
This is a fast-paced and enjoyable read about Duncan, a 17 year old boy who works in the lost and found department of a subway station during an exceptionally hot summer in Toronto. While sifting through materials in the lost and found, Duncan comes across a serial killer’s diary. Duncan feels propelled to locate the killer despite the danger and lack of information he has on the man. However, Duncan does have the help of his misfit, yet likable friends, Vinny and Wayne, to help him put the piec ...more
I really enjoyed this book. If your like me and don't read a ton of books but like falling in love with a short story you'll love this book. It has many entertaining aspects and it will keep you wanting to read more, when you finish you'll be glad and sad because the story was great but it's also over.
Alana Weafer
I found that although this book has an amazing story line that can get a reader hooked really quickly, the end was much too rushed, leaving me with a bad last impression. Also, I found the character's weren't easily defined. I think the 3 boys were too much like each other and lacking in diversity. This may just be me, but I feel that I knew about the characters in this book, but I didn't know the characters in this book, which is something I love in a story. So all in all, it was good, but just ...more
Acceleration by Graham McNamee was published in New York by Dell Laurel-Leaf in 2003. This is a young adult mystery about older teenagers trying to prevent a crime. I recommend this book because it has realistic characters, a realistic story, and has enough suspense to keep you reading.
Acceleration is about a normal guy living in Toronto. His name is Duncan and he lives in a pretty poor part of town and works a job at the lost and found of a subway and bus station. While waiting for people to s
To me, it was somewhat plain. It wasn't a bad book, but I didn't feel overly drawn in at any time. The idea itself is interesting which is why I picked it up. It also takes place in a city I know reasonably well, so I thought it could appeal to me. However, the execution itself was average. I was hoping for more, or at least hoping for something else.

The way the story unfolded didn't really feel interesting. Too simple: find journal, read true crime books for help, use those tips to try and trac
Leslie B
Okay let me tell you why:

1) It was HILARIOUS. There were a ton of funny comebacks and funny punchlines that I wrote down because they are totally usable in a normal conversation with your friends.

2) It's not really relatable, but a few things are. Especially his friend Wayne. Of course, his friend Vinny not having all the fingers on his hand (this isn't giving anything away, just so you know) was not very normal or relatable, but the fact that he couldn't take Wayne a
This book does have an interesting plot I'm not going to lie about that. It was like drawing a straight line, then scribbling in the middle (which was a mess of really cool events) and then continuing the line would be my interpretation of this novel. Anyways, Duncan, a seventeen-year-old who works at a lost and found happens to find a journal full of morbid pictures and descriptions of people. The owner of this journal, a freaking serial killer, was literally stalking his prey through these pag ...more
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Lonna Pierce
This suspense-filled young adult novel kept me on the edge of my seat all the way to its stunning conclusion. Smart, funny, and flawed, Duncan is a fascinating protagonist, working in the bowels of the Toronto subway system's lost and found department during one beastly hot summer drought. He finds the disturbing diary of a possible sociopath among the detritus of left-behind junk, and it starts him on a frightening quest of redemption and prevention of unspeakable crimes. Chilling.
My friend suggested this book to me since she knows I'm a huge reader and she found it to be a good book. So I gave it a read. The plot of the book is actually a fantastic idea. However the author failed to use this idea to its fullest extent. The first two thirds of the book were kind of dull, slow, and had some text that just seemed unnecessary and more like page filler stuff. The climax of the book is done incredibly well in my opinion, it's faster paced, attention grabbing and somewhat reali ...more
The book Acceleration by Graham McNamee takes place in Toronto, Canada. It's about a 17 year old boy named Duncan that has a terrible summer job. Duncan is working in a lost and found office at a subway station and he soon finds a serial killer’s diary. Duncan then goes out searching for the serial killer after going to the cops and being ignored.

The most interesting scene was when Duncan didn’t want to read the book at first and he threw it on the ground and kicked it away but soon he went ba
This was definitely a creepy tale. The story was more complex than I imagined it would be when I first borrowed it to read from the e-library. Duncan had some heavy baggage he was carrying around. No doubt it's why he took such idiotic risks trying to catch this killer. There are definitely a few "OMG, what are you doing?! Why?!" Moments, but overall this was a pretty good creepy thriller that kept me turning the pages.
Linda Guest
I really enjoyed both the plot and the writing style in Acceleration. McNamee manages to write in an easy flowing style about 17 year olds without trying to be 'down with the kids' as so many authors do, it means that the characters are believable and likeable. Duncan gets a holiday job working in the lost property department of the underground (USA) and when a diary is handed in he reads it and discovers it belongs to a man who is considering committing a murder. Duncan and his friends set out ...more
Best page-turning, action-filled, boys will eat this up thriller I have come across! Pace, pace, pace--and a narrative voice trick that will stop your heart, even as you are frantically turning pages to find out what happens next!
James Lorenzo
Nov 21, 2014 James Lorenzo is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am on page 19 and I am liking it so far.So far the main character is talking about his job.Then he finds these notes/files that has some weird criminal records.One was of someone hanging there cat with chains and then put a circle of the cats blood around where he was hanging.He also talks about his past. October 24 2014

I am on page 63 now of the book acceleration. Its really interesting and makes me curious.It has a lot of different moods to it. But what I've recently read, the main character
Excellent book!!!

While I'm not usually one to read a young adult book (I'm quite passed that stage) the subject material is pretty close to most of the fictional and non fictional books I read.

This is a great recommendation for my students to read in class!! Its chocked full of comparisons & suspenseful.

While some of the activities in this show the intelligence of the kids for "figuring out the puzzle" it also shows lack of intelligence in that the kids should've learned that some things sho
Tori Wierzchowski
First of all, my school library is doing a "blind date" thing where books are wrapped up with a very short description so we don't know what book we are getting. This is how I chose this book.

This book ended up being better than I expected when I first opened it and judged based from the cover and synopsis. The writing was simple, plot easy to follow, and I don't think the book was slow as some other reviews are stating. I read this in one sitting in about two hours. I enjoyed the main conflict
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Graham McNamee. Male. Caucasian. 5'10". Brown hair. Brown eyes. Do not approach. Extremely shy.

Author of: HATE YOU, NOTHING WRONG WITH A THREE-LEGGED DOG, SPARKS, and ACCELERATION. HATE YOU was an ALA Best Book for young Adults and an ALA Quick Pick, won the Austrian Children's Book Award, and was nominated for the Governor General's Award. SPARKS won the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellows
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