Another kind of Monday

by Coles, William E.

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (1)
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Teen Fiction YA FIC COL
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Teen Fiction
Call Number  YA FIC COL
Noncirculating (1)
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CLP - Main Library Pennsylvania Dept. - Warehouse r FICTION Coles
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Pennsylvania Dept. - Warehouse
Call Number  r FICTION Coles
When Mark borrows a copy of Great Expectations from the school library, he finds, concealed between two pages, an envelope containing three crisp one-hundred dollar bills. There is also a note mysterious but intriguing, that invites the finder to embark on a quests. If Mark can puzzle out the meaning of a series of enigmatic verse clues meant to lead him on a treasure hunt around his hometown of Pittsburgh, then, like Charles Dicken's Pip, he is promised a fortune. But he must follow certain rules - like working in absolute secrecy -- or the deal is off. Rewarded by gifts of money, Mark uses the clues to move from one strange Pittsburgh location to the next - an abandoned steel mill, an old astronomical observatory -- when suddenly the rules of the quest change...
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "When Mark, a Pittsburgh high school senior, is assigned Great Expectations for holiday reading, he checks out a library copy-which happens to hold three crisp $100 bills and an anonymous note inviting the finder on a secret treasure hunt that promises even greater riches. This intriguing premise leads to some suspenseful, first-rate clue-cracking, as Mark solves the riddles in a series of cryptic notes. Each involves delving into colorful, curious pieces of Pittsburgh history. But Cole (coauthor of Funnybone) periodically downshifts as Mark's journey becomes one of self-discovery, and the momentum of the quest suffers, along with the story itself. His relationship with Zeena, a teenager of mixed race whom he chooses as his fellow "quester," evolves from friendship to romance; they share similar family-related problems, which are more or less resolved through insights gained from each other's perspective. These developments seem secondary, however, as do issues of race and feminism that surface in fairly broad, familiar terms. The answer to the final riddle, an attempt to tie together both strands-the quest of "great expectations" and the inner journey-proves a letdown in an otherwise imaginatively conceived plot. Ages 12-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Self-perception -- Fiction.
Single-parent families -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Avon Tempest,1999
Language English
Description 246 pages ; 18 cm
ISBN 0380731339
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