“Bracingly realistic….an absorbing and emotionally effective read.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Strong characters and fast-paced action." —Voice of Youth Advocates


“Teens are sure to find this an interesting read.” —School Library Journal

“DeKeyser convincingly portrays Victoria’s struggle to understand what happened to her once-perfect family and to protect a small boy.” —Publishers Weekly 

Jump the Cracks

Stacy DeKeyser
Flux / 2008

What would you do?

As far as I'm concerned, there's no excuse not to be decent...Especially when you're responsible for a kid.

It just figures that fifteen-year old Victoria's dad fails once again to be at the train station like he's promised. Fuming, Victoria watches as a teen mom stashes her bruised little boy in the train's bathroom. When the mom gets off the train alone, Victoria decides she has had it with all the poor excuses who call themselves parents. Making a split-second decision, Victoria boards the next train out of town-taking the little boy with her.

No, really, what would you do? Victoria's staying on the run until everyone responsible starts keeping their promises. This kid's not falling through the cracks. Not on her watch.

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