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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.

 

The London Eye Mystery

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

londoneyeby Siobhan Dowd,  p. 323  Grades 5-8

Ted loves the weather, listening to forecasts and tracking changes, but he wasn’t sure that he was going to like having his aunt (called Hurricane Glo by his father) and his cousin come for a visit.When Ted’s cousin, Salim, disappeared from the ferris wheel-like London Eye, Ted initially came up with 8 theories about what could have happened to him, including the more mundane, we missed him getting out, to the outrageous possibilities of a time-warp or Salim spontaneously combusting (Ted’s favorite).Salim’s mother and Ted’s parents are frantic with worry, and don’t listen to Ted’s ideas about where he could have gone.His older sister, Kat, does listen, and together they try to use the available clues (pictures in Salim’s camera and a souvenir photo) to solve the mystery.

Connections:  Other books that have characters with Asperger’s syndrome or Autism include:  Rules by Cynthia Lord, The Very ordered existence of Merilee Marvelous by Suzanne Crowley, and Al Capone does my shirts by Gennifer Choldenko.