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Impeccable plotting, a brisk narrative and complex characterizations make this latest from Cross (Wolf; Pictures in the Dark) a novel to read in a single sitting. Fiercely self-reliant Ashley is kept far too busy caring for her sick mother to bother with the more ordinary forms of teenage rebellion that abound in her seedy neighborhood. Her sole indulgence is graffitiApreferably in the most daring and difficult-to-reach locations possible. When she "tags" a store owned by an unpopular merchant and her browbeaten son, Ashley gains the notice of Eddie Beale, the charismatic gangster whoAwith the help of his fire-eating girlfriend and a crew of sidekicksAruns the area as if it were his private three-ring circus. Befriended, or so it seems, by this group of urban saltimbanques, Ashley's tightly wound existence begins to expand in new and unexpected ways. But Eddie is no Robin Hood, and beneath his ringmaster's dazzle lies a ruthless agenda. As Eddie's schemes fall into place, loner Ashley is forced to reach beyond her brittle independence and seek help from unexpected sources. The circus motif that runs throughout lends a shimmering touch of magical realism to this gritty urban tale. In the end, it is as much Ashley's emotional evolution as the more conventional elements of suspense that makes this story so engrossing. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

    

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Hardback Editions

June 2001 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Tightrope (Harper Trophy Books)
Author(s): Gillian Cross
ISBN: 0-613-36020-6 / 978-0-613-36020-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tandem Library
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October 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Tightrope
Author(s): Gillian Cross
ISBN: 0-8234-1512-0 / 978-0-8234-1512-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Holiday House
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January 1999 : UK Hardback

Title: Tightrope
Author(s): Gillian Cross
ISBN: 0-19-271804-5 / 978-0-19-271804-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Paperback Editions

June 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Rollercoasters: Tightrope Reader
Author(s): Gillian Cross
ISBN: 0-19-912940-1 / 978-0-19-912940-9 (UK edition)
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June 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tightrope
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ISBN: 0-19-275589-7 / 978-0-19-275589-6 (UK edition)
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July 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tightrope
Author(s): Gillian Cross
ISBN: 0-19-271912-2 / 978-0-19-271912-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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June 2001 : USA Paperback

Title: Tightrope (Harper Trophy Books)
Author(s): Gillian Cross
ISBN: 0-606-21489-5 / 978-0-606-21489-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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June 2001 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Tightrope
Author(s): Gillian Cross
ISBN: 0-06-447272-8 / 978-0-06-447272-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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July 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tightrope (Puffin Teenage Books)
Author(s): Gillian Cross
ISBN: 0-14-130535-5 / 978-0-14-130535-6 (UK edition)
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January 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tightrope
Author(s): Gillian Cross
ISBN: 0-19-271750-2 / 978-0-19-271750-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Audio Editions

July 2000 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Tightrope (Puffin Audiobooks)
Author(s): Gillian Cross
ISBN: 0-14-180149-2 / 978-0-14-180149-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Puffin
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Kindle Editions

May 2011 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Tightrope
Author(s): Gillian Cross
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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