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Ox Olmstead, an extremely wealthy Palm Beach boy, embarks on an odyssey through Florida with a mixed-up boy who is searching for his mother
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Grade 7-10 Ney has revived "Ox" Olmstead to add a fourth episode to his early '70s trilogy that related the story of a rich boy growing up in the upper-class excesses of Palm Beach, Florida. Ox's latest adventure begins as a favor for his father's longtime friend and turns into yet another jet-set odyssey. On the pretense of spending a weekend at Disney World, Ox (now 17) and a neurotic Mark Cartwright leave Palm Beach in a Ferrari headed for Sanford to find Mark's mother. From Sanford they follow her trail for several days, touring all over Florida before she is finally located and confronted. Familiar characters from the previous novels are mentioned but receive only minimal exposure. Ney continues to poke fun at the complexities and ambiguities of American life but omits the generous amounts of hilarity usually prevalent in his writing. His style and content, unique in the early '70s has become more commonplace in today's YA fiction, and Mark Cartwright is just one more crisis-laden, victimized, lonely teenage character.Cynthia K. Leibold, Anderson High School, Cincinnati
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ney's fourth book about affluent Palm Beach resident Ox Olmstead finds the 17-year-old aiding Mark Cartwright, a drug-addled teenager. Mark, the grandson of Ox's father's wealthy friend, has become a juvenile delinquent. The boy's unruliness stems from repressed anger at his mother Anne, whom Mark believes abandoned him and his sister after she divorced Mark's father Porter. Markwho lives with Porteryearns to confront Anne, so Ox drives him 500 miles to her home. After their hectic journey, they discover Anne has moved; Mark creates havoc in a town filled with drug smugglers; and Ox detects Mark's habit of avoiding reality by acting like literary and TV characters. The boys eventually find Anne in Florida, but Mark escapes from the detoxification center where she places him, forcing Ox to ask the aid of sinister Miami drug kingpins to locate Mark. Previous books about Ox were aimed at the young adult market, but older readers too will enjoy Ney's wry depiction of the boys' trip, and his perceptive insights into adolescence. November 25
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Pineapple Pr Inc, 1985. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M091092323X