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Acceleration

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,541 Ratings  ·  519 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
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 10th 2005 by Laurel Leaf (first published January 1st 2003)
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karen
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
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Kevin
Dec 18, 2008 Kevin rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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Ronda
Feb 20, 2009 Ronda rated it it was amazing
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
Amber
Sep 29, 2013 Amber rated it really liked it
Engaging, fast-paced, suspenseful - very quick read. Definitely one to remember as a recommendation for those reluctant male teen readers...
Kyle
4.5

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
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Kelli Lee
Apr 16, 2012 Kelli Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
4.5

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
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Alana Weafer
Mar 04, 2012 Alana Weafer rated it it was ok
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
Janessa
Apr 07, 2016 Janessa rated it it was amazing
What if one day you found someone's diary, and what if it wasn't just any diary but a serial killer/ psychopath diary of everything they did. During a very hot summer 17 year old Duncan spends his summer working in the Lost and Found Department of the Toronto Transit Authority. On a day just like any other while going through and sorting different items he came across a book. It was no ordinary book, but a book full of the deepest darkest secrets. Little did he know that when he found that book, ...more
Maddy
Oct 15, 2012 Maddy rated it really liked it
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!!!
Myra Khan
Dec 01, 2010 Myra Khan rated it it was amazing
A unique idea amongst teen books. Wish there was more by this author but this seems to be it. Loved it.
Zora
May 11, 2016 Zora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-for-boys
Mystery books for young adult males are incredibly rare. Spurred on by a question by the YA librarian in my local branch, I am hunting for more. This was the first one I picked up, and I'm happy to report it's a terrific one.

This thriller stars a lower-working-class boy, carrying a load of guilt, and working a summer job in the Toronto subway system lost-and-found. He finds a diary by a would-be serial killer and makes it his job to hunt the guy down. Compelling, with bits of appropriate charact
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Emily
Aug 03, 2013 Emily rated it liked it
A good hi-lo mystery with a slightly too-neat ending.
Ayden
Jun 03, 2016 Ayden added it
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6/7 B
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Acceleration by Graham Mcnamee is a novel about a young boy that has a job under the ground in a subway station. And in his job he is supposed to collect all of the lost and found items and when he notices the book that has been there for a very long time and nobody had gone to pick it up. So he decides to take the book. But when he opens up the book he notices quickly realizes that the book was not just an ordinary book. It had girls names. But the notes that were
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Allie Reisman
Dec 17, 2015 Allie Reisman rated it really liked it
Acceleration by Graham Mcnamee is a mystery novel about a seventeen year old boy named Duncan. Duncan carries around a lot of guilt from when he was not able to save a girl from drowning. Duncan is as determined as can be, while his friend Vinny tends to break the law quite a few times. The two friends fight a lot about how to deal with a journal Duncan found in a lost and found, but the journal is the journal of a serial killer. The story takes place in Toronto, Canada. The two boys struggle to ...more
Emily Molina
Nov 14, 2015 Emily Molina rated it it was ok
I did not dislike this book nor did I like it....I am disappointed because it was so anticlimactic. The main character, Duncan, finds the diary of a serial killer and takes it upon himself to stop said killer from committing his next murder. Why does Duncan feel so impelled to do so? Well, it is because one day when he was swimming in the ocean, he was unable to save a girl who couldn't swim. He didn't know her, had no connection to her, yet this incident haunted his dreams to the point that he ...more
Amanda
Jun 02, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
The plot of this book was very intriguing to me. I grabbed it off of my shelf because it’s a shorter read (240 pages) and it seemed like something that would be easy to get into. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

The Good:

The plot was very enticing…the serial killer angle is interesting and terrifying.
The story reminded me of an old-school mystery. It almost felt like an updated, grittier version of one of my Nancy Drew stories from back in the day. Duncan, the main character is a great amateur detecti
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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
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Beverly
Apr 30, 2013 Beverly rated it liked it
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
Michelle
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
Nov 10, 2013 Vanessa Dyne rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
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
Amanda
May 10, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, mystery
Where was this book when I was reading mysteries for Popular Paperbacks? Because this would totally have made my top list. A honest to Jaysus thriller involving three boys who read like real teen boys and make idiot mistakes, like real teen boys. A quick read with lots of tension and appeal for all readers. Highly recommend for fans of true crime, FBI shows and idiot boys being idiot boys.
Jade Terrell
May 20, 2015 Jade Terrell rated it liked it
I found that this book was a huge turner, although it seemed like the author rushed most of it, and everything just fell into the characters hands. But, the suspense was great!
I recommend this book to people who prefer suspense and mystery books.
Nash
Apr 11, 2015 Nash rated it it was amazing
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.
Gabe
Apr 06, 2016 Gabe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me this is the first book by this author, as such I was a bit cautious, not fully knowing what to expect and to me at least, I am not a big fan of unpleasant surprises when it comes to books, as it is my time that I invest in a book, so I reserve the right to spend my time on a book that has potential and is promising to be a pleasant book.

This one is a good book, pleasant and easy read, with a lot of humor well placed here and there in clever dialogue and that made it easy to digest, even t
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Alex
Feb 24, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it
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
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Crumb
Nov 22, 2014 Crumb rated it liked it
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
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Leslie
Jun 14, 2014 Leslie rated it it was amazing
THIS WAS AN AMAZING BOOK!!!
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
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Julie
Feb 09, 2014 Julie rated it it was ok
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
Becky B
Duncan is working for the Toronto Transit Authority in their dungeon. Ok, it isn't a literal dungeon. It's the Lost and Found, where all the stuff that gets left behind on the trains and buses goes to languish until it is shipped off for sale at the YMCA. It is perhaps the most boring summer job in the world, but at least Duncan isn't wallowing in grease, and sometimes he finds cool stuff he can keep if it goes unclaimed past the two week mark. One boring day he picks up a book to read only to f ...more
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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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