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Murphy, Claire Rudolf.
New York : Clarion Books, 2002.
ISBN 0618111344
His mother's partner has told him all about free radicals.  The cell-destroying oxidizers that, like rust on metal, begin to eat away and break through the cell membrane, causing serious damage to the cells.  But is there more to this expression?  Luke enjoys his life in Alaska and is looking forward to a new baseball season.  Baseball season doesn't last long in Alaska but Luke loves it and hopes to make All Stars this year.  That is his whole focus.  Until his mother tells him a secret from her past.  You see, 31 years ago, when she was a student in college, she helped set a bomb in a ROTC office to protest the Vietnam war.  It was after the Kent State shootings and she just felt so strongly about the killings that she needed to make a statement.  Unfortunately, a young man was in the building at the time and he was killed.  Luke's mother has been living a lie for the past 31 years.  Luke can't believe that his quiet, well-meaning mother was on the FBI Most Wanted list for many years.  Even as he tries to understand what she is telling him, it gets worse.  She can't live with the guilt anymore and plans to turn herself in and go to prison!  How can Luke ever deal with this?  Why now?  Is there anyway to free this radical?
SUBJECTS:     Fugitives from justice -- Fiction.
                        Baseball -- Fiction.
                        Fairbanks (Alaska) -- Fiction.


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