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It’s a hot, hot summer, and in the depths of the Toronto Transit Authority’s Lost and Found, 17-year-old Duncan is cataloging lost things and sifting through accumulated junk. And between Jacob, the cranky old man who runs the place, and the endless dusty boxes overflowing with stuff no one will ever claim, Duncan’s just about had enough. Then he finds a little leather book. It’s a diary filled with the dark and dirty secrets of a twisted mind, a serial killer stalking his prey in the subway. And Duncan can’t make himself stop reading.

What would you do with a book like that? How far would you go to catch a madman?

And what if time was running out. . . .

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1. If you had found the diary, what would you have done?

2. Duncan’s summer job sounds awful and depressing; he works underground for most of the day. What other horrible summer jobs can you think of? What do you think would be a good summer job?

3. Duncan works in a lost and found, surrounded by other people’s belongings. Have you ever lost something important to you? Did you eventually get it back?

4. Duncan and his friends, Vinny and Wayne, are all very different from each other. How does their friendship work?

5. Where do you think Duncan, Wayne, and Vinny will be four years from now?

6. Why do you think the police ignore Duncan’s pleas to look into the diary? Is it because he’s a kid? What would you have done in Duncan’s situation?

7. Do people like Roach really exist? Why would someone act that way?

8. People tell Duncan, “Don’t be a hero.” What do they mean by that?

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Beverly B, April 30, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Acceleration has a perfect setting for a suspenseful, creepy mystery - the NYC subway system lost and found. At first, 17 year old Duncan found peace in the loneliness and tedious tasks of his his job as a clerk in the lost and found, but after several weeks, he is so bored he is ready to quit until he stumbles upon a personal journal. Duncan starts to read the journal and as the entries become more threatening, Duncan realizes the writer is using the journal to plan out how to become a serial killer. When the police refuse to take him seriously, Duncan decides he and best bud, Vinny, will find the journal's owner and get proof for the police. Duncan and Vinny are that strange combination of awkward and arrogant, wise and foolish, snarky and empathetic, that is common among teen boys. Duncan's motives may be honorable, but in his eagerness, he sets himself up for a terrifying experience.
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Anne Schmidt, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by Anne Schmidt)
My all time favorite book for boys or girls would be "Acceleration" by Graham McNamee. This YA book is a sure winner for all readers even those who are reluctant to pick up a novel. The author has done a great job of drawing in the reader from the very start. You will read about 17 year old Duncan who while at work in the lost and found department of the Toronto transit station Duncan finds a diary that belongs to a serial killer. Read how Duncan tries to do the right thing, stop the killer before it can happen again. Readers alike will have a hard time putting down as the suspense and it will keep you connected right up until the very end. Great Read for One and All.
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Mcnamee, Graham
Viking Juvenile
McNamee, Graham
Phillips, Suzanne
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Mystery and detective stories
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Mystery
Summer employment
Serial murderers
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Children s Middle Readers-General
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A teen discovers a diary in which the writer plots a murder, so he enlists his friends to help him catch the would-be murderer. In a starred review, PW said this 'taut novel reads like a fast-paced nail-biter of a movie.' Ages 12-up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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The Bourne Identity meets I Am the Cheese in this taut thriller

Even though Micah's a star pitcher, his older sister Lindsey is the real deal--a runner so good, she has a shot at the Olympics. The two of them urge each other on, and are each other's best support. Then the unthinkable happens: Lindsey is murdered, and Micah may have been the last person to see her. But he can't remember what happened, no matter what their parents tell him, no matter what the police say. Did he witness his sister's murder--or commit it? Can he recall the truth before his life is sentenced to end, too?

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