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


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)

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
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Edition description:
Reprinted Edition
Product dimensions:
4.09(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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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Missing Abby 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously has been my favorite book since I was 11 (18 now). I wish it was more popular or more people had read it, it would be amazing if there was a movie for this one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my all timee favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is chraming with a sad ending that while Abby is missing Emma finds her true self.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Abby is missing long before she disappears at the beginning of Missing Abby by Lee Weatherly. Narrated by Abby's former-best-friend, Emma, the plot examines how their friendship deteriorated in the past while looking at the events surrounding Abby's disappearance in the present. This novel, Weatherly's second, uses Abby's disappearance to tell Emma's story. The novel is told in chapters, one for each day after Abby is reported missing. As the story moves farther away from that day, the focus shifts from wondering what happened to Abby as readers begin to wonder what happened between the two girls. Because at thirteen, they are still girls--a fact that is not always obvious from the narration that seems to sound more like the voice of a seventeen-year-old. Through a strange coincidence, Emma is the last person to see Abby before she gets off a local bus and vanishes. When Emma has to report everything she remembers about that day to the police she also starts to remember their old friendship. Anger often flares up through the worry Emma shows for Abby. Weatherly handles these conflicting emotions well, her narration making it clear that Abby is missed even while Emma is still angry with her. Just why Emma is so angry at Abby is not clear until the last half of the story. Her reasons for ending the friendship are revealed in dribs and drabs that interrupt the regular narrative: "Freak. The word slithered into my mind, breaking the spell." Through these fragments readers can piece the girls' back-story together before Emma reveals the finer details. Weatherly maintains a level of suspense throughout the story as Emma and Abby's friends try to learn what happened to her. Emma's cryptic references to "Balden" and "Karen Stipp" also draw readers further into Emma and Abby's past. At the same time, the plot remains necessarily one-sided as Abby never gets the chance to tell her experiences. I really like the message of this story. How, interestingly, it is only after Abby goes missing that Emma is able to realize how precious Abby was as a friend and subsequently find herself again. The writing only falters at the end, where Weatherly seems desperate to neatly tie up the loose ends of a story that was never clear-cut or neat.
Sandra Nguyen More than 1 year ago
Missing abby is a great book to read. Although Abby dies in the end, she's stiill such an important part of Emma. BTW, Abby doesn't die in terrifying way.
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Abigail Soto More than 1 year ago
despite odd cover. the book is great.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book so much. I was reading it during standardized testing at my school and couldn't put it down. About halfway through, I started to cry. By the end, the tears were just pouring and I didn't even care that my whole class could see, I was so immersed in it. I've never read another single-story book that touched me so much, and I read a LOT of books. The words flowed perfectly. The storyline was beautiful from the beginning through the end... what else is there to say...? The characters were VERY well developed, and the storyline was original... I just can't get over how good it was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was the best i ever read. i loved the suspence in it. also the way the author made the words flow.it was also easy to understand. also, i liked the way it was based on things that happene in real life. this book rocks and u should read it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was good, but it was sad that Abby died. You think in the end that Abby and Emma will reunite but, then she dies.