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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  3,005 ratings  ·  591 reviews
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 opportun
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 2nd 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Runner. What a great book. The author Carl Deuker did a really phenomenal job or writing this, and the book flowed really well. It did start out a little bit slow, but once a person gets into it they will understand why he wrote it the way he did. The begging had no action, and it was all set-up for what was to come. Carl set up the story by giving a lot of information on the protagonist Chance. The book intrigued me when Chance starts to make some really bad decisions that we have a great impac ...more
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: runner
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
Sep 27, 2013 rated it liked it
*** 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.
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cdcs-young-adult
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
Larissa Hinton
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Runner by Carl Deuker is a very suspenseful and action-filled book. It is about a boy named Chance who
lives on a small boat with his dad and they are not doing very well money wise. His father cannot keep a steady job and they really start struggling to pay their bills. At one point he is asked by a man if he will deliver these packages for him.

That sounded very suspicious to him but he’s desperately in need for money.
He knows that these packages contain something no one should have. It just
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Brandon Simental
it was interesting and a little sad at the end.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-to-2-week
I thought Runner was an awesome book, It was a great story about Chase and his dads troubles. I loved the book but I would've liked it better if had more detail, because in some parts of the book I felt like they were rushed, and if there was more detail I could've been able to understand and would've had a better story. But overall it was a great book that I would definitely read again. 😁
Silvestre Rodriguez
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book so good, you couldn't put it down? If not runner is the book for you. The genre of this book is realistic fiction. This book is amazing, I really enjoyed reading this book. Normally I don't finish my books early but because I couldn't put this book down I finished it like a week before it was due. It's a great book probably one of my favorite books.

The main character is Chance Taylor and his dad live on a boat. When you think of living on a boat you might think of a y
Kelsey Schellhorn
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great themes. The ending is a little wild, but I don’t know how it could’ve ended any other way.
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Thomas Joseph
Feb 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Amy Barth
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Cameron Amaya
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 20, 2011 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
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Michael Layer3
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Miguel A
Feb 13, 2014 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
Trever Petersen
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Daniel Moss
As a former active runner I was curious to see what this book was all about and I was in for a ride through the entire book. Chance is very active runner himself in this story but when he gets a job delivering packages he ends up working for some bad people. Very exciting and thrilling to read!
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: guy-books
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.
Mark Ballinger
I was really liking this, right up to the end when it got nutty.
Genesis Simpson
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story was interesting and great. it was a great mystery trying to figure out what was in the package.
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A LOT better than I thought it would be! I'm so sad right now....
Brandon Quezada
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
good book very cool to read
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