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Flux 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0738712741

ages 12+

A 15-year-old girl is accused of kidnapping when she finds an abandoned

child on a train and then hides him from his abusive father. Soon she's on

a cross-country journey with the boy, as each "right" decision gets her deeper

into trouble -- and farther away from home. Victoria has vowed to protect

the little boy no matter what. But can she keep that promise? Fast-paced

suspense about a determined girl who becomes both rescuer and abductor

of a child at risk.

“Bracingly realistic….With a combination of lively adventure and humane treatment of its characters, this is an absorbing and emotionally effective read.”
            —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"DeKeyser accurately describes the thought process that Victoria goes through (and) does not oversimplify the situation. Teens are sure to find this an interesting read."
            —School Library Journal (click to read the entire review)

"Strong characters and fast-paced action."

"Thought-provoking....Introspective tweeners will find plenty to chew on."

“DeKeyser convincingly portrays Victoria’s struggle to understand what happened to her once-perfect family and to protect a small boy.”
            —Publishers Weekly

And reader praise:

"Teen kidnaps toddler--or does she? The story was terrific...The ending fits the story perfectly."
            —Linda Sue Park, Newbery-winning author

"A very engaging read! I loved Victoria's character and listening to her inner struggle."
            —Jenny, YA librarian, Arlington, TX, on the Library Ninja blog

“I thought it was amazing! I read it in an hour and a half because I couldn't put it down. The end almost made me cry.”
            —Jessica, age 17

"From the moment I started reading, I couldn’t find the nerve to put the book down."
            —Alexandria, age 14 at Teen Voices Online

Stacy DeKeyser
Stacy DeKeyser
books for young readers
Jump the Cracks
Jump the Cracks

2010-2011 Truman Award Winner

  1. The annual Truman Readers Award is selected by students in grades six through eight in the state of Missouri.

South Dakota State Library Reading List, 2011-2012

2009 Connecticut Press Club award: Best YA Novel

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