ChaseR: A Novel in E-mails

ChaseR: A Novel in E-mails




In Michael J. Rosen’s funny, provocative novel, a reluctant move to the heart of hunting country spurs a lonely teen’s obsession with e-mail and Top Ten lists—and a passion for animals that takes on a life of its own.

Fourteen-year-old Chase Riley has just moved with his parents from Columbus, Ohio, to a farmhouse in the country. It’s only sixty miles from civilization as he knows it, but it may as well be on another planet. For starters, there’s the biblical plague of seventeen-year cicadas, making a collective noise as loud as a subway train. But that’s nothing compared to the awesome appearance of deer, everywhere, pausing majestically in the woods or, more often, tagged and strapped to hunters’ cars.

A case of culture shock has Chase seeking refuge at his computer, blasting off droll commentary for hours on end to his sister at college and his buddies back in town. He’s promised his parents he will MAKE AN EFFORT, but it’s hard to find friends in a place where everyone’s eager to go out and shoot something. The only consolation is watching his dogs run free on their rural acres—until a freak accident changes everything. And that’s when Chase begins devising The Plan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763615383
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 04/01/2002
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.29(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

About the Author

Michael J. Rosen is the acclaimed author, editor, and illustrator of some forty books for both adults and young people. Many are inspired by his lifelong interest in and experience with animals, whether as a college zoology major, an amateur bird watcher, a dog trainer, or the founder of a granting program to help animal humane societies. Of CHASER: A NOVEL IN E-MAILS, he says, "When I moved from the major city where I’d lived most of my life to a rural community, the changes were monumental. And I often thought, What if I hadn’t actually chosen to live here? I tried in this novel to think more deliberately about the complicated (and always teetering) balance we try to achieve, living, as we all do, amid an ever-diminishing natural world."

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Date: 10 August 10:38pm
Subject: You win

Dear Jeremy -O{O-,

(I'm making smileys for everybody so I can enter them into my e-mail shortcuts. I think that will work. This one OK for you? You don't even have to read it sideways. I didn't put in the braces #, but I can if you want. For sure!)

You were the first one to write back so you win! I forgot to think of what the prize is, but you're the winner.

You're so right about Mallory. She loves it out here and that's because she DRIVES. So as much as she's here, like weekends, she says, "Oh, I wish we could have spent my first seventeen years in the country." Mallory is obviously part cicada. (I don't know what her other part is.) She's been commuting fifteen minutes to work in Lexington all summer. She leaves before the cicadas really start up and hauls her butt home right before adry when they've shut up again. She has no idea.

I gotta go. I just wanted to answer your e-mail before bed.

I'm using this one for me: q:L)

Or me when Mom insists that I wear my cap the right way: d:—-/

Or me - like now - when someone is yelling for me to get offline so they can make a phone call: q;—-|

q;-@ (me yelling, "ALL RIGHT!")

CHASER by Michael J. Rosen. Copyright (c) 2002 by Michael J. Rosen. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

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