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Twenty-four Hours 

Twenty-four Hours (2000)
A novel by Margaret Mahy

 
Seventeen-year-old Ellis isn't quite sure how he got into this mess, but it's so interesting that he just can't bring himself to get out of it. "Now was the time to say a polite good-bye and make for home. But wouldn't that good-bye be rather like walking out before the end of the film?" On holiday from school, Ellis is accosted by barefoot Jackie, a distant childhood acquaintance, who commandeers his car and introduces him to Ursa, Leona, and Fox--siblings who are as otherworldly as "three sisters in a castle." Their strange abode, the ramshackle Land of Smiles motel, is a magnet for the wild and weird. Once there, it is as if conventional Ellis has fallen down the rabbit hole. His four new friends draw him into their upside-down world, and before he knows it, Ellis has liberated a stolen computer, rescued a baby, talked a jumper off a roof, had his heart broken, and learned the true nature of life and death--all in the course of one day.

In 24 Hours, veteran young-adult author Margaret Mahy candidly explores an underworld of juvenile drinking and fast driving that oftentimes adults are loath to admit exists. But many of today's teens will recognize that landscape as real, and appreciate Mahy's honesty in addressing it. An exciting rush through real life at breakneck speed, this rowdy adventure will have teen readers wholeheartedly chiming in with Ellis when he remarks, "I'm too much a part of the story now.... I've got to know how it ends." (Ages 13 and older) --Jennifer Hubert

 
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Hardback Editions

October 2001 : Library Binding
Title: 24 Hours
Author(s): Margaret Mahy
ISBN: 0613732669 / 9780613732666 (USA edition)
Publisher: Topeka Bindery
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October 2000 : Hardback
Title: Twenty-four Hours
Author(s): Margaret Mahy
ISBN: 0689838840 / 9780689838842 (USA edition)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
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September 2000 : Hardback
Title: Twenty-Four Hours
Author(s): Margaret Mahy
ISBN: 0001857479 / 9780001857476 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
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Paperback Editions

May 2001 : Paperback
Title: 24 Hours - It Begins now... Twenty-four Hours (Collins Flamingo)
Author(s): Margaret Mahy
ISBN: 0006755410 / 9780006755418 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Flamingo
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October 2001 : Paperback
Title: 24 Hours
Author(s): Margaret Mahy
ISBN: 0689839030 / 9780689839030 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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November 2000 : Paperback
Title: Twenty-Four Hours
Author(s): Margaret Mahy
ISBN: 0007113722 / 9780007113729 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

May 2001 : Audio Cassette
Title: Twenty-four Hours: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Margaret Mahy
ISBN: 0754052311 / 9780754052319 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Children's Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

January 2014 : Kindle edition
Title: Twenty-Four Hours
Author(s): Margaret Mahy
ISBN: B00C0U74I4
Publisher: Collins Flamingo
Availability: Amazon UK   

 


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