by Kevin Don Porter


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MISSING. That's what the posters say about the girl. But this isn't just another missing kid - not for ten-year-old Calvin Crane. After he bumps into a strange guy at Yellowstone National Park who's secretly removing the posters, Calvin thinks their van is being tailed. Getting murdered isn't exactly on the family itinerary.

In a cramped van full of farts and frito feet with his whiny older sisters, parents and crabby Grandma Edith, Calvin presses forward on a cross-country road trip to California to attend the wedding of a family friend. But as the search for the missing girl widens state-by-state, Calvin can't escape her haunting face. Neither can he shake the eerie feeling that he's being followed - suspicious-looking people, strange vehicles. Who can he trust? His parents think it's just his OCD talking.

As he learns more details about the missing girl, Calvin is forced to face a search of his own: one for self-acceptance. Sometimes being lost is more than just a matter of location. Still, Calvin can't shut off those nagging questions: Where is that little girl? Is he being stalked by a kidnapper? Or is his mind playing tricks on him? Does danger lurk just a couple of steps behind?

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ISBN-13: 9780985701475
Publisher: The Artists' Orchard, LLC
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.38(d)

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MISSING 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
sharon Tyler More than 1 year ago
I found Kevin Porter's book extremely interesting and appropriate for YA's. It is a book with themes including race and self discovery that are important for young adults to read and think about. If you are a teacher, please take the opportunity to read this, and you will find that using the book as a teaching device will greatly enhance students' experience. Very thought provoking. 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so funny and had a lot of suspense! I recomend it to both adults and teens!!! Luv'd Calvin!
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OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
This is the story of the Crane family. They take a trip cross country and discover a lot about themselves, other people, places and things along the way. Mostly, Calvin learns to be happy with being just who he is. I could follow Kevin Don Porter’s “Missing” well, although I felt like it started off a little slow and really didn't get exciting until almost the end. It just wasn't a novel that had a lot of drama. Not one of those books that has you waiting and anticipating what happens next. Because of that, it was an okay read. I was very happy with the outcome for Calvin as well as Gracie because I felt they learned a life's lesson. Reviewed by: Lisa M. 3.5 stars