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Run Marco, Run

by Norma Charles

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5 of 5
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rated!
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list price: $11.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: Sep 2011
ISBN:9781553801313
publisher: Ronsdale Press
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In this fast-paced novel for readers ten and up, James Graham, a Canadian journalist, is kidnapped in a market in Buenaventura, Colombia, right in front of Marco, his thirteen-year-old son. When the kidnappers try to grab Marco, his father yells at him, "Run Marco, run!" Marco manages to escape, and seeing no possibility of help in Colombia, he stows away on a freighter headed to Vancouver where a good friend of his father is living and who may be able to help.

During his search, Marcoencounters what seem like insurmountable odds and learns that he must call upon his inner strength and nerve to keep going. "Valeroso; courage," he keeps saying to himself as he evades drug dealers, security guards, the police and the authorities who would send him back to Colombia - straight into the arms of his father's kidnappers.

Run Marco, Run is a riveting adventure about a plucky boy who will dare anything to save his father, and who learns that running away is sometimes the heroic thing to do.

About the Author

Norma Charles has written numerous books for kids, including The Accomplice, nominated for the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize. Norma has been a teacher and a teacher-librarian and has taught Creative Writing at UBC. For more information, visit www.normacharles.ca.

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Norma Charles is the author of many books for children including the Moonbeam Bronze Medal Award winner The Girl in the Backseat, and the Chocolate Lily Award winner All the Way to Mexico. As a young girl Charles attended school in New Westminster and enjoyed ice skating at Queen's Park Arena, where she was thrilled to see the famous ice skater Barbara Ann Scott skating as Canada's Sweetheart in the Hollywood Ice Review. Norma now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Association of Book Publishers of BC
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Run Marco, Run

Marco Graham, the title character of this exciting adventure, is a 13-year-old student leading a quiet life in Columbia. Since his mother’s death, he lives alone with his father, a foreign journalist. His father’s latest investigation is into police corruption. As the drug war heats up the political climate, the kidnapping and ransom of foreigners is on the rise. One day at the market, burly men in red bandanas grab Marco and his father. Marco fights back, breaks free and runs away. Alone, penniless and afraid to go to the police, he decides that the only man who can rescue his dad is Robert Mendoza, who recently moved to Vancouver and dropped out of touch. Showing courage, ingenuity and tenacity, Marco sets out to track him down him. Along the way, he learns to trust his own instincts and develops new friendships in unlikely places.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2012-2013.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Run Marco Run

When Marco’s father, a Canadian-Colombian journalist who exposes police corruption and drug cartels, is kidnapped in front of him, the 13-year-old boy embarks on a perilous voyage from his home in Buenaventura, Colombia, to Vancouver, Canada, in search of the one person he believes can free his father. “Coraje (courage)” is Marco’s mantra as he flees the kidnappers, stows away on a freighter bound for Canada and eludes authorities in Vancouver. The stakes are high in this fast-paced story, where an educated, middle-class boy becomes an injured, starved and indigent alien. Even well-intentioned Canadians cannot be trusted.

Run Marco Run would work well as an independent study novel for Grades 6 to 8. A social science approach could emphasize the cultural and economic differences evident between Buenaventura and Vancouver. Small weaknesses in the novel include expositoryheavy dialogue at the beginning and end of the book and a convenient recollection that helps Marco identify his father’s kidnappers. The descriptions of Marco’s route through Vancouver are particularly fun for readers who know the city.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2012. Volume 35 No. 2.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Run Marco Run

When his father, a journalist, is kidnapped in Colombia, 13-yearold Marco barely escapes. Stowing away on a Vancouver-bound freighter, he heads to Canada where he hopes a good friend of his father will help him mount a rescue operation. Evading drug dealers and the “authorities” who would send him back to Colombia, Marco realizes that running away is sometimes the heroic thing to do. But can he save his father?

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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