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What They Don't Know

What They Don't Know

by Nancy Van Laan
     
 

On Saturday night I lost my girl, and where do you think I found her?

When Hannah was little she used to make her father repeat the nursery rhyme over and over. But she isn't a little girl any more, and she isn't truely lost. No one, especially her dad, can't reach her.

To her older sister, Kelly, Hannah's terrible anger is a cry out for help as well as a

Overview

On Saturday night I lost my girl, and where do you think I found her?

When Hannah was little she used to make her father repeat the nursery rhyme over and over. But she isn't a little girl any more, and she isn't truely lost. No one, especially her dad, can't reach her.

To her older sister, Kelly, Hannah's terrible anger is a cry out for help as well as a source of shame and frustration. What could a science fair project have to do with Hannah's sudden destructive behaviour?

Clues lie hidden in Hannah's secret box and Kelly must piece the puzzle together quickly because time is running out. Through her frightened eyes we watch as a struggling, loving family draws closer to disaster.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Seventeen-year-old Kelly is as puzzled as her dad and new stepmother when her younger sister Hannah's mood and behavior drastically change after her involvement in a science fair project on blood types. Written from Kelly's more mature, peace-loving perspective, we share her concern and frustration as she tries to understand Hannah's mysterious anger that leads her to alcohol and other drug abuse, and to stealing with her new destructive friends. This fast-paced, young adult novel should appeal to readers who like contemporary family stories with a touch of mystery. Note: The author got her information on blood types wrong, and didn't seem to understand that Type O is always recessive to A and B.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7-9-Is a family defined more by biology than by love and caring? It never occurred to Hannah to ask such a question until her science-fair project on blood unwittingly reveals a family secret. As she struggles to find her identity, she alienates her older sister, Kelly, and heads down a path of self-destructive behavior that involves alcohol, drugs, and crime. With her family on the verge of collapsing, Kelly must figure out what has radically altered her sister's behavior and get help for her before Hannah ends up hurt or in jail. Horrocks handles contemporary teen life in a realistic and meaningful manner, showing the negative effects of peer pressure and self-alienation. Interspersed with Kelly's first-person account are reproductions of notes from classmates, police reports, and other documents that add an interesting element to the story. A novel that is filled with ragged emotion and memorable characters.-Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library, Austin Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613282079
Publisher:
San Val
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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