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By: Margaret Peterson Haddix
What: A girl finds that her parents have hidden many secrets. Their biggest one? Her.
Recommended to those who like: Middle grade/teen, suspense, clean, coming of age
Days before her thirteenth birthday, Bethany is dropped off at a relative’s house by hear tearful parents. She’s never met this relative—she hasn’t even spent a night away from home without her parents before.
But things start to get even stranger. A mysterious man follows her, people in this odd town seem to recognize her, and she’s given several thousand dollars in cash with only a sketchy explanation. Will she be able to get to the bottom of the mystery before time runs out?
This was a fun and somewhat suspenseful read. I likely would have really loved it as a middle grade reader; as an adult, I saw many of the plot twists coming down the road. Nevertheless, this clean read was a fun ride. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes middle grade coming-of-age stories with a speculative twist.
The Bottom Line: Although older readers may not be surprised by the plot’s twists and turns, younger readers will likely enjoy this suspenseful story.