Runner By Austin Barber
Carl Deuker • He lives in Seattle • He works as a teacher • He was an English major at Berkeley • His favorite book is Moby Dick • His favorite poet is Emily Dickinson
Protagonist • Chance is the protagonist of this book because he does what ever he has to do to help his father.
Antagonist • The people that hired Chance are the antagonists in the book because they sell drugs and don’t care what happens to the people that work for them as long as they sell their stuff.
Favorite Character • My favorite character in the book is Chance because I thought it was nice how he was willing to do what ever he had to do to help his father.
My least favorite character • My least favorite character is the man who hired Chance because he took advantage of Chance’s situation to get himself money.
Exposition The exposition in the book is the fist part of the book and it tells about all the characters in the book.
Rising Action • The rising action of the book starts when Chance is given the job to transport the packages from the rocks in the tree to the marina where he lives.
Climax • The climax is when the man that hired Chance dies and Chance tells his father about what his job was. They figure out the packages he has are bombs and the people that gave him the job are terrorists, and the terrorist force his dad to try and blow up a huge ship out in the bay but the bombs explode and his dad dies.
Falling action • The falling action is when Chance is going to his father’s funeral and he is living with one of his friends and figuring out what he is going to do now that his dad is dead.
Resolution • The Resolution is when Chance said that he was only going to stay with his friend Melisa until he graduates and he was going to join the army after he graduates.
Setting • The time period of the book was not to long after 9/11 and this is important because people are worried about terrorist attacks and the main character become involved with terrorists. • The setting is in Seattle Washington.
Themes • Poverty – the main character’s family is almost homeless and they are trying to survive. • Smuggling – the main character’s job starts of with him smuggling drugs into the marina where he lives. • Terrorism- the main character’s smuggling job turns into him unknowingly transporting bombs used for terrorism.
Rating • I rate this book 8/10 because I thought it was a good book, but it was just really slow at the beginning and wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be.
Social Issue • The social issue I picked was Poverty because it is one of the biggest issues in this book. It is what drove the main character to do all the things he did.
Poverty Being in poverty means that a person doesn’t have enough money for basic human needs.
Types of Poverty • There are two types of poverty • Absolute poverty- is when people don’t have any money at all and cant pay for their basic needs. • Relative poverty- these people can barley pay for their basic needs
How it happens • There are a few different ways to become poor • You can just not go to school or not be able to pay for school and not get a good education and not get a good job. • A natural disaster can cause people to go into poverty like the earth quake in Haiti it caused a lot of people to go in to poverty.
Who it effects Poverty effects everyone in the world because it is every where in every country in the world