Chasing the Skip
By Janci Patterson
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805093919, 240pp.)
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Ricki’s dad has never been there for her. He’s a bounty hunter who spends his time chasing parole evaders—also known as “skips”—all over the country. But now since Ricki’s mom ran off, Ricki finds herself an unwilling passenger in a front-row seat to her father’s dangerous lifestyle.
Ricki’s feelings get even more confused when her dad starts chasing seventeen-year-old Ian Burnham. She finds herself unavoidably attracted to the dark-eyed felon who seems eager to get acquainted. But Ricki thinks she’s ever in control—the perfect manipulator. Little does she know that Ian isn’t playing their game by her rules.
Janci Patterson received her Master of Arts in creative writing from Brigham Young University. She lives in Orem, Utah with her family. This is her first novel.
“solid… and heartfelt”--Kirkus
"Many teens will relate to Ricki’s challenge as she tries to figure out where she belongs on the road of life." -- School Library Journal
"Debut writer Patterson offers a laudably balanced plot, at once an action-packed adventure story and a rocky but tender tale of father-daughter reconciliation." -- BCCB