Missing Abby

Missing Abby

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by Lee Weatherly
     
 

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WHEN 13-YEAR-OLD EMMA bumps into her old friend Abby on the bus one Saturday afternoon, she later realizes that she was the last person to see Abby before her mysterious disappearance. Amidst the media frenzy and everyone’s struggle to come to terms with the possibility of Abby’s death, Emma starts a terrifying journey of her very own, as she uncovers… See more details below

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WHEN 13-YEAR-OLD EMMA bumps into her old friend Abby on the bus one Saturday afternoon, she later realizes that she was the last person to see Abby before her mysterious disappearance. Amidst the media frenzy and everyone’s struggle to come to terms with the possibility of Abby’s death, Emma starts a terrifying journey of her very own, as she uncovers things that lead to a discovery even the police have not thought of. . . .

From the acclaimed author of Child X comes a thrilling and memorable novel for readers of all abilities.

Praise for Child X:

“It is compelling, heartfelt, and sadly, totally believable. British slang will not deter the reader from racing through this gripping tale.”—VOYA, Starred


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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Emma has been avoiding Abby for a long time, but one day, she runs into Abby on the bus. Abby tells Emma about a game she is designing for her friends, a live-action "Dungeons and Dragons" game. Emma gets away from Abby as quickly as possible. Emma later learns that Abby is missing and she was the last person to see her. Everyone from the police to Abby's family and friends are putting pressure on Emma to recall every last detail of her last conversation with Abby. While Emma is very sad and worried about Abby's disappearance, she is hesitant to do anything that will connect her to Abby. At her old school, Emma was subject to very vicious teasing, party because of her friendship with Abby. Emma finally made a new life free of teasing and she does not want to go back to a very painful time. However, because of Abby's disappearance, Emma learns to not hide her imagination and love of writing. While Emma's reluctance to go to the police with information seems a bit contrived so as to put Emma in a hero's position, the overall plot is breathtaking and well-written. Weatherly's realistic portrayal of "Dungeons and Dragons," which has been subject to negative press throughout the years, is to be commended. I was unable to put this book down until I found out Abby's fate and how Emma would handle events. 2004, Random House, Ages 12 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-A missing person's report opens this suspenseful novel set in southern England. Abby Ryzner, a 13-year-old Goth, has vanished, and the last person to see her alive was her former best friend. Emma switched schools and distanced herself from Abby and a fantasy game the two of them had played for years after a traumatizing episode in which she was labeled a freak. With mixed emotions, Emma joins the search. Chapter titles provide a grim countdown of the passing days. Emma feels caught between two worlds-that of her new, fashionable friends and Abby's punk-looking companions who are into D & D. As she begins to hang out with Abby's friends, including Ski, a guy she can talk to, Emma finds herself, once again, absorbed by role-playing games. Knowing Abby was trying to set up a challenging, live-action game, Emma and Ski descend into the bowels of an industrial plant, armed only with flashlights against a scary, pitch-dark maze of tunnels with gurgling pipes. To their horror, they discover the truth about Abby's disappearance. The two mysteries keep readers guessing. Emma, the narrator, gradually gains strength to surmount shameful memories and learns to accept her own uniqueness. She also makes peace with Abby's family, after showing compassion and imagination in helping resolve the puzzle of their daughter's whereabouts. -Susan W. Hunter, Riverside Middle School, Springfield, VT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Emma and her best friend Abby were fascinated with fantasy adventures, but Emma was tormented for her hobby and called a freak in their school. Desperate to escape, she abandoned Abby and transferred to a new school, where she found a new set of friends. A year later, Abby is missing, and Emma learns that she was the last to see her in a chance encounter on a bus. Wrestling with her emotions, Emma suffers more torment from Abby's new friends as she tries to help in the search. She tries to cope with the situation alone, leading her to lie to her parents, but also rediscovers her joy in fantasy and learns the meaning of friendship. The suspense is constant, as efforts to find Abby lead nowhere until Emma finally remembers something significant. But the British story also focuses on Emma's growth in emotional maturity and should easily appeal to American readers. (Fiction. 12-15)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307538451
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
12/18/2008
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,179,550
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

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Meet the Author

Lee Weatherly is the author of Child X, published in 2002 by David Fickling Books. She lives in Surrey, England, with her husband and also runs a writers’ workshop group.


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