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Children's LiteratureAlthough serious issues are presented in this story for the preteen set, it is written with a light touch showing that although the heroine has problems, life is good and happiness possible. Sam has only the slightest memories of her father and her twin sister, Sarah. Sarah drowned in the quarry when she was only three and her parents were divorced a short time later. After her dad disappeared from their lives, Sam's mother never liked to speak of him. But now that her mom was about to marry Bob, Sam sets out to search for her dad. While Sam likes Bob, she does not want to be adopted by him; after all, she has a father out there somewhere. Sam even consults a psychic who raises doubts about the death of her sister. Despite all this, the story is not dark and depressing, which is admirable, but the ending is a bit pat. While Sam's mother's decision not to take legal action against her ex-husband when the truth comes out may be understandable, she too readily forgives him for allowing her to think that their baby daughter, Sarah, had died. That is too cruel an act to be dismissed—no matter what his motivations. 2005, Peachtree Publishers, Ages 9 to 14.
—Carolyn Mott Ford