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Bonus content: Turn to the back for a brand new epilogue, and a sneak peek at the first chapter of Emily's next novel!

There are some things you cant leave behind . . . 

In If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, a broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Careys younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother has disappeared for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that wont let her go . . . a dark past that hides many secrets, including the reason Jenessa hasnt spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

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"Many years ago, 14-year-old Carey and her younger sister, Nessa, were kidnapped, hidden in the backwoods of Tennessee, and raised apart from society by their meth-addicted mother. After having abandoned the girls for months, she contacts the girls' father, who rescues them from the trailer where they've been living on their own, whisking them away to his gorgeous home, his understanding new wife, and her less understanding daughter. Murdoch's debut is poetic and beautifully written, and therein lies part of the problem. Carey's narration wavers between the gaps caused by her isolated upbringing and moments of beyond-her-years brilliance ('handburgers' and fries are a mystery, yet she tests two grades ahead of her age and often delivers lines like, 'I duck my head and smile, unmoored by the flood of unexpected emotion'). Add in Carey's model-level beauty and virtuosity as a violinist, and the novel's sense of realism takes a hit. That said, Carey and Nessa's story is memorable and deeply moving, and readers will find it very easy to fall in love with these girls. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Mandy Hubbard, D4EO Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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EMILY MURDOCH lives in the Arizona desert with her husband and adopted dogs, spending her days operating a sanctuary for slaughter-rescued horses and burros. At night, she writes furiously by candlelight, capturing the ideas inspired by the day. If You Find Me is Murdoch's first published novel.

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, September 12, 2013 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
The day Carey’s dad shows up at her broken down camper in the woods with a worker from child protective services she knows her life is about to change, but she doesn’t know how much. Her meth-addicted mom has kept her and her younger sister Jenessa hidden away for years, and while Carey knows how to hunt and make a can of beans last on a rumbly belly, she has no idea what it’s like to live normally. Plus, after all the stories her mom has told her, she fears that her dad is abusive.

Carey is surprised to find her dad remarried to a woman who seems to really care about her and Jenessa. Her stepsister Delaney is less welcoming. Still, Carey works hard to adjust if only for Jenessa’s sake. But the secrets of her past may just unwind the sense of security she allows herself to feel.

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch looks at the vulnerability children face when the adults they depend on fail them. In many ways, Carey is older than her years, as she has had to be responsible for her own and her sister’s survival. But she is stunted socially, unsure of how to interact with people and deciding who she can trust. She knows that she will never be “normal,” yet she also works to forge a path that will help her fit in and create a future for herself.

Carey’s story is a reminder of how much kids need the adults around them to do the right thing, and how wrong things can go when they don’t. If You Find Me is a gripping read that will work it’s way into your heart. At the satisfying end, I still found myself wondering what happened next for Carey and it was hard to let the characters go. I recommend the book for mother-daughter book clubs and other readers aged 14 and up.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781250021526
Author:
Murdoch, Emily
Publisher:
Griffin
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Social Issues/Physical & Emotional Abuse (see also Social Issues/Sexual Abuse)
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Subject:
Social Issues/Physic
Subject:
al & Emotional Abuse (see also Social Issues/Sexual Abuse)
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Many years ago, 14-year-old Carey and her younger sister, Nessa, were kidnapped, hidden in the backwoods of Tennessee, and raised apart from society by their meth-addicted mother. After having abandoned the girls for months, she contacts the girls' father, who rescues them from the trailer where they've been living on their own, whisking them away to his gorgeous home, his understanding new wife, and her less understanding daughter. Murdoch's debut is poetic and beautifully written, and therein lies part of the problem. Carey's narration wavers between the gaps caused by her isolated upbringing and moments of beyond-her-years brilliance ('handburgers' and fries are a mystery, yet she tests two grades ahead of her age and often delivers lines like, 'I duck my head and smile, unmoored by the flood of unexpected emotion'). Add in Carey's model-level beauty and virtuosity as a violinist, and the novel's sense of realism takes a hit. That said, Carey and Nessa's story is memorable and deeply moving, and readers will find it very easy to fall in love with these girls. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Mandy Hubbard, D4EO Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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