To find his missing father, a young boy must cross over to another dimension
It’s been six months since David Moore’s father disappeared. After months of strange behavior—baby talk, forgetfulness—he simply vanished forever. The Public Guardians searched Franklin City, but they couldn’t turn up a single clue. David is beginning to give up hope when his subrail train stops between stations at the abandoned Granite Street platform. On the other side of the glass he sees a crowd of people. In the middle is his father, waving. When a psychic suggests that David may have the power to see into another dimension, he and his friends scour the city in search of a portal to the other side. To learn if his father is alive or dead, David will need to discover the secrets of the abandoned station. Last Stop was selected by the American Library Association as a 1999 Best Book for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Peter Lerangis including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.
Moving at a slower pace than the underground train that plays a pivotal role here, this cryptic tale launches Lerangis's (The Yearbook; It Came from the Cafeteria) Watchers series. Though somewhat skeptical, David shares his mother's hope that his father, who disappeared six months earlier, is still alive. Riding the "subrail" one day, David watches in amazement as the train suddenly stops at an eerily lit, long-abandoned station, where one man disembarks and another--the boy's missing father--waves at the train as it zooms away. When a woman who "specializes in mysterious disappearances and the life in the hereafter," suggests that David has the ability to see into a parallel life, the 13-year-old senses that his father is indeed waiting somewhere for him. A concluding scene brings a fresh, unanticipated twist to this otherwise unsurprising story, as father and son do hook up, but only after much tiresome sleuthing by David and a friend. Occasionally, ambiguous remarks in white type appear on black pages ("We've lost him"; "This was not part of the plan"; "He's smart. That's why we need him"), suggesting the voices of the eponymous "Watchers" who appear to have some control over who enters the "other side." At ride's end, this isn't sufficiently compelling to warrant buying a ticket for Rewind, the next installment, also due this month. Ages 8-12.