Holly Starcross by Berlie Doherty

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Holly Starcross feels alone in the world. Years ago she'd been wrenched from her familiar, comforting home to a new one with her cold, TV-star mother, friendly, producer stepfather, and, eventually, rambunctious half-siblings. Ever since, she's been haunted by sadness, by dreams, by vague memories of her father and of belonging.

Recently she's developed a new friend on the Internet -- someone named Zed, who knows how to speak to Holly's secret, inner self. And a mysterious stranger in an old, battered car is stalking her. Everyone at school is frightened by this prowler. A special meeting is called, the police have been informed, escorts to the buses have been arranged.

Holly is both fascinated by the stranger and scared. She wants to meet him. She doesn't want to. Are he and Zed somehow connected? Could he -- dare she think it -- be her father? And if she meets him, talks to him, will she find herself or lose herself?


About Berlie Doherty

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Berlie Doherty, twice-winner of the Carnegie Medal lives in England. Her books have sold over 700,000 copies and been translated into 21 languages. Varsha Baja's two kids were the inspiration for this story. This is her first children's book. Ivan Bates has illustrated numerous children's books, including the best-selling Just You and Me by Sam McBratney.
Published September 1, 2002 by Greenwillow Books. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books. Fiction

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The duo have a fraught couple of days while Holly’s father fills in the blanks with tales of Holly’s birth, of his parents’ childhood, and of the farm Holly dimly remembers and loved.

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In this fast-paced novel, Doherty (Daughter of the Sea) unravels the story of 14-year-old narrator Holly, who feels like an outsider living with her "beautiful" mother and stepfather and their three children.

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