Contact PMSDirections to PMSSite Map

pmslibrary@piedmont.k12.ca.us Subscribe to my updates

Posts Tagged «kidnapping»

Second Life of Ava Rivers

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

downloadby Faith Gardner, 361 pages, Grades 8 and up

When the twins were just 5 Vera’s sister, Ava, went missing. It was a terrible, tragic event, but what’s worse is that it continues to be a mystery to this day. Vera’s entire life has been spent beneath the specter of her sister’s disappearance. Every holiday – especially Halloween because that is the day Ava was lost – every birthday, every day the whole family feels the loss of their baby girl. Vera’s family is forever changed; her brother struggled with drug abuse and now hardly comes home, her dad spends most of his days in the basement pouring over documents that might help him uncover some clue, her mom is always as some PR function to talk about missing children, and plead for the return of Vera’s twin. Her whole life has been overshadowed by this tragedy, so it is not wonder she is looking forward to college where she can start over and create a life of her own around people who know nothing about the missing twin, but then the police call the house. They have found a teenage girl – alive!

If you like creepy mysteries you might also like: The Leaving, by Tara Altebrando, Break My Heart 1,000 Times, by Daniel Waters, or The Darkhouse, by Barbara Redecki.

 

You Are My Only

Monday, November 14th, 2016

you-are-my-only-beth-kephart-book-coverby Beth Kephart, 240 pages, Grades 7 and up

Emmy is a young first time mother when her baby is stolen. She is blamed and forced into an asylum as a result of the kidnapping where she grieves the loss of Baby and tries to understand her new circumstances and how to survive them.

Sophie has grown up home-schooled by her mother; they have lived in many different houses in many different cities in the effort to avoid the “No Good” her mother fears. Sophie has never really known anyone but her mother, but now that she is 14 she has become curious about people around her. The friends she makes next door empower her to investigate her mother’s past and give her strength to come to terms with what she discovers.

The two girls each narrate alternating chapters until their stories come together.

If you enjoy books about teenagers in trouble or complicated family situations you might also enjoy: Orbiting Jupiter, by Gary Schmidt, or Waiting for Normal, Leslie Connor.

Escape Under the Forever Sky

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

escapeBy Eve Yohalem  220 pages  Grades 5-8

Wouldn’t it be exciting to be the daughter of American ambassador to Ethiopia?  Thirteen year-old Lucy Hoffman dreams of staying out overnight in the bush watching the animals or just visiting the marketplace and exploring with friends, but instead she spends her days at school or stuck inside their home within their walled community in the capital city of Addis Ababa.  When she and a friend sneak out and go to the city, Lucy is kidnapped.  When it looks like rescue isn’t coming, she has to decide whether escaping into the Ethiopian bush is going to improve her odds of survival.

Connection:  For other survival tales set in Ethiopia, try reading The Return by Sonia Levitin or The Storyteller’s Beads by Jane Kurtz.  To read about Eve Yohalem’s inspiration for writing this book, check out her website.