Sunday, September 27, 2015

Since You've Been Gone / Morgan Marson / 449 pages

Emily Stanhope is at loose ends.  Her best friend, Sloan Williams has been missing for two weeks.  She walks by her house often but no one appears to be home and the yard service guys have no clue as to the family's whereabouts.  Emily's home life is a bit unorthodox, as both her parents teach at the university and occasionally write plays together.  When in playwright mode, they are inaccessible for all intents and purposes.  This leaves Emily to keep watch over her seven year younger daredevil brother, Becket.  When she takes Becket to the intense rock-climbing complex, she encounters ultra smart do-gooder Frank Porter and his best friend, Collins.  They become her partners in crime as Emily attempts to complete a list of thirteen challenges she received in the mail from Sloan.  Segueing between the past with Sloan and her present summer To-Do list, Emily demonstrates an astute understanding of friendship.

Gateway Award Preliminary Nominee 2016-17

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