You Are My Only

You Are My Only

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by Beth Kephart
     
 

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Emmy Rane is married at nineteen, a mother by twenty. Trapped in a life with a husband she no longer loves, Baby is her only joy. Then one sunny day in September, Emmy takes a few fateful steps away from her baby and returns to find her missing. All that is left behind is a yellow sock.

Fourteen years later, Sophie, a homeschooled, reclusive teenage girl is

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Emmy Rane is married at nineteen, a mother by twenty. Trapped in a life with a husband she no longer loves, Baby is her only joy. Then one sunny day in September, Emmy takes a few fateful steps away from her baby and returns to find her missing. All that is left behind is a yellow sock.

Fourteen years later, Sophie, a homeschooled, reclusive teenage girl is forced to move frequently and abruptly from place to place, perpetually running from what her mother calls the "No Good." One afternoon, Sophie breaks the rules, ventures out, and meets Joey and his two aunts. It is this loving family that gives Sophie the courage to look into her past. What she discovers changes her world forever. . . .

The riveting stories of Emmy and Sophie—alternating narratives of loss, imprisonment, and freedom regained—escalate with breathless suspense toward an unforgettable climax.

Breathtaking in its beauty and with great heart, YOU ARE MY ONLY brings readers the story of a kidnapped young girl that they will never want to forget.”  — My Friend Amy 

Breathtaking in its beauty and with great heart, YOU ARE MY ONLY brings readers the story of a kidnapped young girl that they will never want to forget.”  — My Friend Amy 

Kephart’s prose is poetry in motion—creating beauty out of everyday moments. —Family Circle
 
“Readers will eat up this realistic variant of the youthful fantasy about finally finding one’s real parents and being properly appreciated."  — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
 
"Kephart writes a psychologically taut novel…. readers will be on the edge of their seats.” — Publishers Weekly
 
“Intense and lovely” — Kirkus Reviews
 
“Very intense psychological thriller” — Bookslut
 
“A pint-sized powerhouse waiting to be devoured.” — Bookalicio.us 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kephart (Dangerous Neighbors) writes a psychologically taut novel, juxtaposing the thoughts of Sophie, a teen kidnapped during her infancy, and her grieving birthmother, Emmy, who is institutionalized after a breakdown. For as long as she can remember, Sophie has led the life of a prisoner, homeschooled and homebound by a frail woman she believes to be her mother; she has no idea how much Emmy has loved her and missed her. Then, gazing out an attic window—Sophie’s only connection to the outside world—she sees a boy, and when she finds the courage to step outside her sheltered world to meet him, she finds a friend that she can trust. Succinct, emotionally packed chapters capture similarities between mother and daughter, the depth of their despair, their common desire to be free, and their poetic vision of the world. As Sophie begins to find clues about her captor’s secret past, readers will be on the edge of their seats waiting for the inevitable, liberating moment that will change the course of the lives of both mother and daughter. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)
VOYA - Lucy Schall
Nineteen-year-old Emmy marries into an abusive relationship, has a baby at twenty, and loses her to a kidnapper. Fourteen years later, Emmy and Sophie, the lost daughter, tell their stories in alternating chapters of haunting poetic prose. Emmy obsessively hunts for her baby, and her husband commits her to a mental hospital. Sophie is imprisoned by isolated home schooling, frequent and abrupt moves, and her "mother's" demand for perfection, as the two run from the "No Good." Fascinated by Joey, the boy next door, Sophie breaks the rules, ventures outside her home, and finds a loving family whose support encourages her to explore her past. Both women eventually achieve confirmation and freedom. Emmy finds love in an accidental encounter, and a close and tragic friendship within the factory-style, harsh hospital environment. Sophie discovers love and support in her neighbor's home as she identifies with the brave suffering of Joey's aunts, life partners soon to be separated by death. The novel illustrates the aunts' claim that tragedy and happiness are often the same, as it emphasizes the importance of respect for each individual and questions who should make the rules. This sophisticated exploration of love, power, and creativity—reminiscent of situations and themes in Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees (Penguin, 2002/VOYA August 2002)—will have a strong appeal for older female readers, both young adult and adult, but will require pushing for a larger audience. Reviewer: Lucy Schall
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—From the opening lines voiced by 14-year-old Sophie Marks, readers will know that something about her reclusive life is definitely wrong. Homeschooled by a mother obsessed with order, who keeps them moving to avoid the "No Good," Sophie disobeys instructions to stay hidden and makes contact with Joey, the boy next door, and the two old women who care for him. Her chapters alternate with those narrated by Emmy Rane, a young mother whose baby is kidnapped during the few minutes she goes inside for a blanket. Her husband's accusations and police suspicions about Emmy's erratic behavior lead to her incarceration in a mental hospital. Drawn into the warmth of Joey's unconventional family, Sophie gains courage to challenge her mother's prohibitions and uncovers the truth of her past. The dual narratives reveal losses that all of the characters have suffered. Miss Cloris and Miss Helen abandoned their plans of travel and adventure to care for Joey after the death of his family. Even the kidnapper acted from a twisted logic of loss. Although Emmy's and Sophie's stories converge in a reunion, the future remains uncertain. Kephart ably creates two distinct voices. Emmy's fragile mental state includes flashbacks to her own childhood and fragmented accounts of her frantic search for Baby. Sophie's account of the love and perseverance of Joey's family bolsters her own resolve for a different life. Readers will hope that the open ending can include room for them in Sophie's future. An evocative exploration of many forms of loss and survival.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Kirkus Reviews

Theheartbreaking tale of akidnapped child and her bereft mother unfolds in alternating narratives in this intense and lovely novel.

Fourteen-year-old Sophie has been successively uprooted by the stern, sour woman she knows as her mother, always on the run from people and their questions. Her story begins as they are settling into theirlatest rented house and she meets Joey, a neighbor her age who liveswith two warm and gentle elderly women, a couple,who eventually help her in discovering a horrible secret about her past. In a separate thread, young Emmy frantically searches for her abducted baby but is deemed by the authorities to have suffered a breakdown and is committed to a psychiatric hospital. Though there is never any question about how the two stories are related, they focus on different periods of time for the two protagonists. Though occasionally straying into melodrama, the ripped-from-the-headlines plot is here treated with tenderness and depth. Kephart's deft employ of descriptive language—"Past the door is scuffle and howl, the slow and the fast moving. I see it through the window glass, the glass all scratched with black diamonds"—is extremely effective in setting mood and creating imagery.

Though the initial draw may be the sensational subject matter, readers will come away with much more.(Fiction. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606842720
Publisher:
EgmontUSA
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.96(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

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