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Jump the Cracks
by Stacy DeKeyser
Order:  USA  Can
Flux, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

While taking the train to visit her dad in New York City, fifteen-year-old Victoria sees a young mother abuse her child. When she tells the conductor, he brushes it off as a cranky baby and tired mother. When the train arrives in New York, the woman closes the toddler in the train bathroom and leaves him there while she meets a man at the station.

Victoria rescues the toddler and plans to enlist her dad's help when he picks her up at the train station. Only her dad isn't there to meet her. Another in a string of broken promises.

When the train leaves the station, Victoria and the toddler go with it. Accused of kidnapping and sought by the police, Victoria refuses to bring Wills back until her dad and the police promise not to return him to his mother.

DeKeyser has written a fast paced thriller about a child in danger and a girl who is determined not to let him fall through the cracks, thus putting herself in danger as well. Although there is a slight hole in the plot, the suspense and Victoria's stubborn devotion to doing what is right - even if it means doing what is not legal - makes a very good story.

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