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3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  3,756 Ratings  ·  559 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 (Audio) (first published January 1st 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
Feb 20, 2009 Ronda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 28, 2013 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engaging, fast-paced, suspenseful - very quick read. Definitely one to remember as a recommendation for those reluctant male teen readers...

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 14, 2012 Kelli Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Myra Sullivan
Nov 29, 2010 Myra Sullivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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!!!
Jan Carlo
Dec 02, 2016 Jan Carlo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really intense because there's a guy who works on a lost and found and he founds this diary and that diary belongs to a criminal/murderer. The criminal is planning to kill this girl name "Cherry" and Duncan(the guy) is trying to stop roach(nickname because we don't know his real name yet) to kill Cherry.But is he gonna work alone with a guy who starts fire and kill people? Read the book to find out:))
I really like this book because I like how intense it is about a regular guy who wo
Dan P
Jan 17, 2017 Dan P rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book had an incredibly ridiculous plot, absolutely boring delivery, and a horrible ending. I read this book in a day, and it was possibly the most boring 4 hours of my life. The book failed to interest me, and also failed to make me feel for any of the characters at all. One of the worst, if not THE worst, book I've ever read.
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
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
Allie Reisman
Nov 05, 2015 Allie Reisman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 30, 2013 Beverly rated it liked it  ·  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
Ayden garwood

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
Emily Molina
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
Dec 25, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Vanessa Dyne
Oct 14, 2013 Vanessa Dyne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 10, 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
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.
Lonna Pierce
Oct 01, 2013 Lonna Pierce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 30, 2015 Nash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Kevin O'leary
Mar 29, 2015 Kevin O'leary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 21, 2012 Walter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jade Terrell
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.
Jun 24, 2013 Breezy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This book was really an impulsive read, I was on one of my public library's online e-book/audiobook website and came across this book. The cover kind of drew in my attention, as that is one of the only things the website displays during a search, the cover and the title. So scanning through I decide to take a look at it, finding that it wasn't an overly long book and appeared to be a stand-alone, I decided I might as well take a crack at it and see if I could get through it quickly. Which I mana ...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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