>Jump the Cracks by Stacy DeKeyser


Shuttling between her mother’s home in Connecticut and her fathers home in Manhatten, Victoria settles in for a three-hour train ride.  Someone keeps kicking her seat, though.  When she peers through the crack in the seats, she comes face-to-face with an energetic two-year old.  Victoria is astounded that his mother, who appears to be a teen herself, pays no attention to him; she notices bruises that tell unfold potential abuse.  Then, when his mother abandons him, Victoria steps in.  She’s tired of her father’s unfulfilled promises.  She’s going to take a stand.  And the two-year-old, who she names Wills, becomes the centerpiece. 

Victoria comes to Wills’ rescue, but she’s accused of kidnapping, so she runs.  She later discovers over $10,000 in her backpack.  Did Wills’ mother place it there?  Victoria is not only running from broken promises, she’s running from someone who wants their money back and will do anything to get it.  Protecting Wills and not allowing him to fall through the cracks is her primary concern. 


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