Synopses & Reviews
andlt;bandgt;In this suspenseful thriller, Sara and her mother are going to secretly escape her abusive fatherand#8212;when her mother mysteriouslyandnbsp;disappears.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Sara and her mom have a plan to finally escape Saraand#8217;s abusive father. But when her mom doesnand#8217;t show up as expected, Saraand#8217;s terrified. Her father says that sheand#8217;s on a business trip, but Sara knows heand#8217;s lying. Her mom is missingand#8212;and her dad had something to do with it.andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; With each day that passes, Saraand#8217;s more on edge. Her friends know that somethingand#8217;s wrong, but she wonand#8217;t endanger anyone else with her secret. And with her dad growing increasingly violent, Sara must figure out what happened to her mom before itand#8217;s too lateand#8230;for them both.
"Sixteen-year-old Sara and her mother are plotting to skip town to escape from Sara's abusive father, a retired cop who was traumatized by an incident on the job. He has also become delusional since his son Matt's suicide, acting as if Matt is still alive. Sara waits at Dairy Dream as planned, but her mother never shows; although her father claims she's on a business trip, Sara fears that something is terribly wrong. Sara's budding romance with a boy from school intermittently distracts her from her father's increasingly erratic behavior (and provides the story with moments of lightness), but Sara is isolated in her rural Michigan town. She can't even turn to the police chief, her father's loyal friend, for help ('It's like I'm trapped inside some Stephen King novel instead of my own life'). With growing desperation, she feigns normalcy until she can assemble enough clues to find her mother. Through Sara's free-writing assignments and internal dialogue, Bilen reveals a chilling picture of domestic violence. Sharp prose and an increasingly tense plot make this debut a page-turner. Ages 14 up. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"In her debut young adult novel, Bilen takes us into the world of family secrets from a teen's point of view.
"Quickly paced and with a dramatic conclusion." andlt;BRandgt; --andlt;Iandgt;SLJandlt;/Iandgt;, June 2012
"Bilen reveals a chilling picture of domestic violence. Sharp prose and an increasingly tense plot make this debut a page-turner." andlt;BRandgt; --andlt;iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/iandgt; (online), June 2012
andlt;divandgt;"In her debut young adult novel, Bilen takes us into the world of family secrets from a teen's point of view.
"In her debut young adult novel, Bilen takes us into the world of family secrets from a teenand#8217;s point of view. The ending includes a twist that will keep readers on the edge of their seats, and yet, once the book is closed, Saraand#8217;s story will remain with readers. This is truly a remarkable story of resilience with broad appeal for teens." andlt;BRandgt; andlt;iandgt;--VOYAandlt;/iandgt;, April 2012
Growing Good People One Story at a Time
Before #1 New York Times megabestselling author Spencer Johnson wrote Who Moved My Cheese? and Peaks and Valleys, he created ValueTales ®, a series of storybooks that encouraged children to grasp important lessons told through the lives of famous figures. The original books sold more than 10 million hardcover copies, and now Dr. Johnson has collected five of his favorite ValueTales® into this first of a planned five volumes and re-edited them to appeal to today’s children. In addition, the stories have all been re-illustrated with wonderful new art by Dan Andreasen. Now today’s parents can share them anew with their own children, helping them to grow into good people, too—one story at a time!
In this suspenseful thriller, Sara and her mother are going to secretly escape her abusive father--when her mother mysteriously disappears.
Sara and her mom have a plan to finally escape Sara's abusive father. But when her mom doesn't show up as expected, Sara's terrified. Her father says that she's on a business trip, but Sara knows he's lying. Her mom is missing--and her dad had something to do with it.
With each day that passes, Sara's more on edge. Her friends know that something's wrong, but she won't endanger anyone else with her secret. And with her dad growing increasingly violent, Sara must figure out what happened to her mom before it's too late...for them both.
From the illustrator of the Melvin Beederman, SUPERHERO
series comes a story about a masked hero and his trusty steed. Together they save Halloween from ruthless toilet paper-tossing mummies and pumpkin-sucking vampires.
No siree, Halloween wont be canceled anytime soon, not while the Halloween Kids around. With a rootin tootin Halloween monster-shootin text and retro-modern illustrations, The Halloween Kid will lasso in readers both young and old. Because who doesnt love a hero who defends the right to trick or treat? Yee-Ha-lloween!
Dad has warned Henry and Eve: If you whine too much, monsters will eat you. Henry and Eve don’t listen, of course. The only problem is, when the monster comes, he can’t find the right recipe for whiny children—and neither can his monster friends! A whiny child salad doesn’t work because there’s paprika in the dressing. A whiny child cake won’t do because the flour spills all over the floor. And whiny child burgers are out of the question because the grill is too hard to light up. Arguments and hilarity ensue. And just when our persnickety monsters decide on the perfect dish…the worst thing of all happens….
About the Author
andlt;b andgt;Tracy Bilenandlt;/bandgt; is a high school teacher in Michigan, where she lives with her husband and two children. She enjoys cross-country skiing and walks in the woods. Visit Tracy online at TracyBilen.com and on Twitter at @TracyBilen.