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Runner by Carl Deuker

Literary Analysis
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Kyle Hadaway

on 26 November 2012

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Transcript of Runner by Carl Deuker

Kyle Hadaway Runner Character Chance is the main character
Lives with his drunk father in their small boat, the "Tiny Dancer"
Struggles with a lack of money
Hardly ever interacts with his classmates
Always sits in the corner of the classroom and keeps to himself Plot Chance accepts a smuggling job that was offered to him and quit his low paying job
One of the requirements of the job was to hide certain packages in his boat
The climax took place when the SWAT team had the marina surrounded as coast guards attempted to stop the "Tiny Dancer" with terrorists inside
Chance's father made up for getting kicked out of the military by sacrificing his life to stop the terrorists Symbols The backpack is a symbol of Chance's smuggling job since it is what he used to hide the packages Running shoes symbolize Chance's love for running The shoes represent the smuggling job because all he had to do was run like he always did Theme The main message of the novel is that the easy way out is not always the best decision
Chance chose to take the job that the mysterious man said would be easy
The easy job ended up taking his father's life "You know something? I like your spirit. I really do," said the fat man. "But I don't have time to play games. So listen, and listen carefully. You're in trouble, and I can get you out of that trouble. I'm offering you a job, kid. Very good pay; very short hours. When somebody offers you easy money, you should at least hear him out." "A." Glossary of Literary Terms. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2012. <http://www.uncp.edu/home/canada/work/allam/general/glossary.htm>.
"Carl Deuker's Official Website." Runner -. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2012. <http://www.members.authorsguild.net/carldeuker/runner_48450.htm>.
"Runner by Carl Deuker." Teen Ink. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2012. <http://teenink.com/reviews/book_reviews/article/97265/Runner-by-Carl-Deuker/>.
Deuker, Carl. Runner. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005. Print.
Sources by Carl Deuker
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