The Night She Disappeared

The Night She Disappeared

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by April Henry

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Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part-time as a delivery girl at Pete's Pizza. One night, Kayla--another delivery girl--goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working.

Gabie can't move beyond the fact that Kayla's fate was really meant for her. She becomes obsessed with finding

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Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part-time as a delivery girl at Pete's Pizza. One night, Kayla--another delivery girl--goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working.

Gabie can't move beyond the fact that Kayla's fate was really meant for her. She becomes obsessed with finding Kayla and teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete's. Together they set out to prove that Kayla isn't dead--and hopefully to find her before she is--in The Night She Disappeared by April Henry.

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Publishers Weekly
When 17-year-old Kayla Cutler, an employee at Pete’s Pizza, disappears while delivering an order, her fellow employees are shocked and disturbed. Unfolding over the two weeks after Kayla vanishes, Henry’s (Girl, Stolen) heart-pounding mystery alternates among the perspectives of numerous characters, including Kayla’s co-workers Gabie, who is traumatized by Kayla’s kidnapping (and believes that she was the intended target), and Drew, a “straight-C stoner” who is supporting his drug-addicted mother, as well as a diver searching the Willamette River, a psychic, Kayla herself—and the man who kidnapped her. As Kayla plots an escape from the room in which she’s being held, Gabie and Drew try to investigate what happened to her, holding out hope that she’s still alive. It’s a riveting story that many readers will finish in one sitting, full of suspects and augmented by police reports, interviews, and newspaper articles that, along with the variety of voices, make the events feel all the more real. Each chapter is a surprise, and the tension builds steadily until the inevitable climactic face-off. Ages 12–up. Agent: Wendy Schmalz, Wendy Schmalz Agency. (Mar.)
VOYA - Erin Wyatt
Kayla never returns to the pizza place where she works after a delivery one night. The evidence indicates that she was attacked. Her disappearance leaves a large hole in the lives of coworkers Gabie and Drew, who are drawn together despite their drastically different life circumstances. Gabie insists that Kayla is still alive despite evidence pointing to the contrary, as the police and a psychic hired by the family of the missing girl feel that the crime has been solved, the girl has been killed, and the killer has been found. In this plot-driven, page-turning thriller, the narrative switches between characters in first person from various perspectives. Henry provides just enough detail to provide depth and complexity to the characters. Documents and transcripts are used throughout the book to provide more insight into evidence and police reports made regarding the disappearance of Kayla. The narrative reveals from the outset who has taken Kayla and how she is being treated. The reader must wait with baited breath to see when and if the characters will uncover the truth as the suspense builds to a fever pitch near the end of the book. Reviewer: Erin Wyatt
Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
Kayla left one night to deliver a pizza and never returned. The man who ordered asked for the girl in the Mini-Cooper...Gabie. Now questions are everywhere. Who took Kayla? Is she still alive? Was Gabie the intended target? Gabie can't stand the questions, nor how long it is taking the police to find Kayla. Despite her sheltered life, she sets out on a mission to find out the truth, and she convinces Drew, a fellow employee to come with her. Gabie knows Kayla is still alive, and the two of them must prove it before it is too late. This book is an exciting mystery. It starts right after the disappearance, so the action is immediate. Each chapter is a different point of view, usually either Drew's or Gabie's, but periodically the kidnapper, the police, and even Kayla herself make an appearance. The book does lag in a few spots, and the kidnapper's motives are not completely explained, but that would be true of a real investigation. There is a little romance, but the mystery of finding Kayla remains front and center; that is what makes this a good book for both boys and girls. Overall, the story is dramatic and the characters easy to empathize with. Although there is a lot of introspection that might bore weaker readers or those craving non-stop action, there is enough action to keep the story going for most readers. Reviewer: Heather Robertson Mason
Kirkus Reviews
When a popular high-school girl disappears while delivering pizza at her part-time job, her two fellow employees and classmates try to figure out what happened. Drew Lyle takes the call, Kayla Cutler delivers the pizza, but the man ordering it wants to know if the girl who drives the Mini Cooper--that's Gabie Klug--will be the delivery girl. When Kayla doesn't return, Drew calls the police and the mystery kicks in. Who was the man; what happened to Kayla; why did he ask about Gabie; and, as time begins to pass, is Kayla still alive? Neither Drew nor Gabie, who go to the same high school as Kayla but are work rather than social friends, knows anything, but they are determined to find out. The thriller is narrated using a collage technique. Interspersed with the kids' and perpetrator's first-person accounts are police reports, 911 transcripts, webpages, interviews, etc., which add interest and texture to what otherwise would be a straight genre tale. The police seem amazingly obtuse, Gabie's belief that Kayla is alive is given no realistic, clue-based hook and the third quarter has some pacing problems. Still, Gabie and Drew's budding relationship is believable, and it has a strong wingding climax followed by a feel-good ending. Unexceptional but solid. (Mystery. 12 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Gabie has a seemingly normal and boring life. She works at Pete's Pizza part-time, she drives a Mini Cooper, and both of her parents are doctors who obsess over her most of their waking hours. Then Kayla Cutler disappears after making a delivery, and Gabie's life is changed forever. At first, she thinks about how it was such a coincidence that Kayla disappeared on the night that the teens had agreed to switch shifts. Then, when Drew, a coworker, tells her that the caller who ordered three monster pizzas asked for the girl who drives the Mini Cooper, Gabie soon realizes that she was the intended victim, and she'll stop at nothing to find Kayla. This fast-paced, gripping thriller incorporates many different devices to keep the story moving along. Medical reports, 9-1-1 transcripts, and chapters told by a variety of characters will keep readers involved. Although the ending comes a little too fast and is too neatly tied up, Gabie is an intriguing protagonist. She's the one who has to keep the investigation going, even when most of the community is convinced that Kayla might be dead. Drew's home life and troubles are at the opposite spectrum of Gabie's, so he provides readers with a different perspective through which to see the case. He adds a hint of a romance to the mix. Fans of intense page-turners and those who liked Michele Jaffe's Rosebush (Penguin, 2010) or Lucy Christopher's Stolen (Scholastic, 2010) will love this one.—Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, OR

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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5.42(w) x 8.14(h) x 0.88(d)
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Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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