Torn to Pieces

Torn to Pieces

by Margot McDonnell
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Torn to Pieces by Margot McDonnell

SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD ANNE ALWAYS thought her mother was kind of quirky. In fact, her mom’s taste in 70s-esque furniture and mysterious frequent business trips were just the tip of the quirky iceberg. When her
mom doesn’t come home on time from one of her long jaunts, Anne isn’t too surprised. But when a day late turns into a few days late, Anne knows something is very wrong.

She tries the hotel number that her mother left her, but it has been disconnected. Then a strange man keeps leaving messages on their answering machine, looking for a woman who doesn’t even live there. However, when Anne discovers a lengthy letter from her mother explaining why she has disappeared, the fabric of Anne’s relatively normal life is torn to pieces. Despite her shock, Anne must pull herself together and protect herself—from people who want to find and hurt her mother, and the strange new boy who may change everything.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375891113
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/09/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 351 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Margot McDonnell spends her days reading, writing, traveling, quilting, and enjoying her family and friends. Torn to Pieces is her second novel. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona

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Torn to Pieces 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Anne is a 17-year-old girl who lives with her quirky mother. Ever since Anne was little, she and her mother (and her grandparents) would move around every once in a while. Anne's mom is a writer so she does a lot of traveling, and Anne is by herself. She often stays with her grandparents just down the street, because it's creepy being alone in that big house. Anne has always found her mother to be a bit strange by the furniture that she buys and the long business trips that she takes. But her mother has always been a stable figure, and Anne hasn't minded her mother's long trips because she always comes back and is always there for her. But when her mother misses Anne's birthday, she knows that something is up. Not once has her mother ever missed her birthday, no matter what. Immediately, Anne starts to investigate, starting off with asking her grandparents questions. When that doesn't work so well she starts to dig further. Who knows what she may find out... This book was so addicting. I read it in two days. It really was a page-turner. It seemed kind of like a mystery to me. I had to keep guessing what was going to happen. Anne was such a determined character. She would stop at nothing to find out what was going on with her mother and I loved that about her. The secondary characters were pretty awesome, as well. All in all, TORN TO PIECES was just a really good book. The writing was great and the suspense was awesome. I'd check this one out if you're in for some mystery and suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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brittany400 More than 1 year ago
This book is very good and when i say good i mean on that top shelf good. Anne, the main character is a typical teen . When i say that i mean that she is curious, outspoken, and goes throw these twists and turns with her mom. listen, i not going to give you too much but this book is a good read.especially in the summer. it have suspense, action,love... now, what more do you want. JUST READ THE DANG BOOK.
Jasmine01 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book!!! It has enough mystery, drama, romance, and much more to keep you plenty satisfied. I absoulouty love evan and Anna . And I think basically anybody could read this book because it is that amazing. It's so good that I could read it more than once
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Wow, did this book have one too many twists and turns. Once you think you have an idea on what will happen, something happens in the story to make you question further on what's going on and want to read further into the book.
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carwash39 More than 1 year ago
you just have to read it
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Gretchen63 More than 1 year ago
Torn to Pieces,Nov. 1, 2008
By Gretchen Weicker (Texas)

Anne, the central character, is not a pious twit, but a resourceful and honest young woman with a solid and believable ethical system. She does struggle with deciding how to do what's right. She also becomes aware of how the decisions of others, especially loving parents and grandparents, can have dramatic consequences. Thus, her kindness to Evan the homeless boy, for example, becomes an extension of her core beliefs. The mysterious events of the plot keep the reader engrossed. The intriguing evidence alternates between a hidden letter and Anne's first person narrative.

Torn to Pieces is an excellent young adult novel because of its character development and plot. Courageous convictions about right and wrong are noteworthy within the world of American adolescents. I can personally attest to this fact since launching my own high school teaching career in 1968. Even as a young girl myself, I loved books that affirmed my better instincts. The same is still true for young people today. Anne speaks with the authentic voice of a young person who must reassemble her life after it has been "torn to pieces."