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ISBN13: 9780316036047
ISBN10: 0316036048
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Samara Taylor used to believe in miracles. She used to believe in a lot of things. As a pastor's kid, it's hard not to buy in to the idea of the perfect family, a loving God, and amazing grace. But lately, Sam has a lot of reason to doubt. Her mother lands in rehab after a DUI and her father seems more interested in his congregation than his family. When a young girl in her small town is kidnapped, the local tragedy overlaps with Sam's personal one, and the already-worn thread of faith holding her together begins to unravel.

In her third novel, acclaimed author Sara Zarr examines the coexistence of affliction and hope, and what happens when everything you thought you believed---about God, about your family, about yourself---is transformed.

Review:

"Faith takes a front seat in National Book Award — finalist Zarr's (Story of a Girl) hard-hitting third novel. When 13-year-old Jody Shaw is kidnapped in broad daylight, her abduction rocks the once secure town of Pineview and her church community ('A thing like this changes the way you think about everything and everyone, and you can never go back'). Her disappearance provides an eerie backdrop to protagonist Samara Taylor's personal drama: her mother's alcoholism, which prompted a four-week stint in rehab, and her father's refusal to focus on anything (his marital problems, the inappropriateness of his relationship with a 26-year-old church member, his parental responsibilities) other than his role as pastor to a flock in need. Sam's questions regarding God's existence ('Do you just decide that you do believe, no matter what, and then force your mind shut when doubts try to come in?') and her place in the world feel all-encompassing, aptly mirroring the mood of her close-knit community as they trawl for answers in Jody's case. Beyond delivering a gripping story, Zarr has a knack for exposing human weakness in the ordinary. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

From the National Book Award Finalist ("Story of a Girl") comes a novel about a local calamity and a personal tragedy paralleling in the eyes of a 15-year-old girl as she begins to question the faith she always thought she'd have.

About the Author

Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, went to high school in Pacifica, California, and now lives with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author of Sweethearts and the National Book Award finalist, Story of a Girl and can be found on the web at www.sarazarr.com.

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Katie.krumholz, April 2, 2015 (view all comments by Katie.krumholz)
Sara Zarr’s book Once was Lost was a very sweet story about a girl named Sam who regains her faith in God. Sam’s father is the local pastor and her mother is in rehab because of a drinking problem. During the summer the book takes place in Sam finds herself very alone. When a girl from their churches congregation goes missing the whole summer is thrown off. Sam’s father spends so much time helping the grieving family of the girl that Sam is even more alone. Sam begins to doubt her faith in God. She thinks of all of the horrible things that are happening in her life and doesn’t understand why people even keep going to church. Even though I have never lived in a small town, the whole book felt very relatable. The scenes where the town banned together and searched for the missing girl also seemed so real. Although it is a short book there are many different plots threaded adding to the larger story. Sam’s absent mother, Sam’s father’s affair, Sam’s friend Daniel and his decision to become a priest, Sam’s friendship with Nick, the elder brother of the missing girl. It makes for an interesting story. My only quarrel with the book is that I thought the ending was a little rushed. Everything seemed to resolve itself too nicely. Sam’s mother came home, Sam’s father ended his affair, the missing girl came home. There is a short part about how the girl had been kidnapped by the choir director in their congregation, and I wish there was more about how this news affected the community. But overall I really enjoyed this book, it was compelling and well written.
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htgaroutte, May 16, 2010 (view all comments by htgaroutte)
Sara Zarr is able to remind this "old mom" just what's important...family. My 15 year old owns this book, and, on a day I was desperate for something to read, offered to let me read it. OMG! I couldn't put it down! "...Lost" is the best book I've read all year! Pick up a copy and share it with the teen in your life...once you're finished with it!
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Parisa, September 1, 2009 (view all comments by Parisa)
Sara Zarr's ONCE WAS LOST is truly a fascinating read. Sam's experiences in this novel were unique and yet she still managed to be a character you could relate to. The novel was rife with drama, grief, suspense, betrayal and still had the typical YA themes of new love, friendship, family life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and wish I could go into more detail, but that would give it away! So just go out and buy a copy when it's released.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316036047
Author:
Zarr, Sara
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Social Issues - Drugs, Alcohol, & Substance Abuse
Subject:
Self-perception
Subject:
Parent and child
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Religious - General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Situations / General
Subject:
Situations / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
Subject:
Drugs; Alcoholism; Emotions; Grief; Kidnapping; Religion; Existence of God
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20091001
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 x 1 in 0.75 lb
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 224 pages Little, Brown Young Readers - English 9780316036047 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Faith takes a front seat in National Book Award — finalist Zarr's (Story of a Girl) hard-hitting third novel. When 13-year-old Jody Shaw is kidnapped in broad daylight, her abduction rocks the once secure town of Pineview and her church community ('A thing like this changes the way you think about everything and everyone, and you can never go back'). Her disappearance provides an eerie backdrop to protagonist Samara Taylor's personal drama: her mother's alcoholism, which prompted a four-week stint in rehab, and her father's refusal to focus on anything (his marital problems, the inappropriateness of his relationship with a 26-year-old church member, his parental responsibilities) other than his role as pastor to a flock in need. Sam's questions regarding God's existence ('Do you just decide that you do believe, no matter what, and then force your mind shut when doubts try to come in?') and her place in the world feel all-encompassing, aptly mirroring the mood of her close-knit community as they trawl for answers in Jody's case. Beyond delivering a gripping story, Zarr has a knack for exposing human weakness in the ordinary. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , From the National Book Award Finalist ("Story of a Girl") comes a novel about a local calamity and a personal tragedy paralleling in the eyes of a 15-year-old girl as she begins to question the faith she always thought she'd have.
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