Missing Pieces by Norma Fox Mazer

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Wondering at her mother's stories that her father, who deserted the family when she was a baby, was a leather-clad hero, fourteen-year-old Jessie Wells becomes determined to learn the truth and meet the man she has never known.
 

About Norma Fox Mazer

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Norma Fox Mazer was born in New York City on May 15, 1931. She studied at Antioch College and at Syracuse University. Before her first juvenile novel I, Trissy was published in 1971, she contributed first-person articles to pulp magazines like True Confessions and True Story. She wrote more than 30 books during her lifetime including Dear Bill, Remember Me? (1976), Summer Girls, Love Boys, and Other Short Stories (1982), Silver (1988), Out of Control (1993), and Good Night, Maman (1999). She won numerous awards including a Newbery Honor in 1988 for After the Rain, an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1982 for Taking Terri Mueller, a Christopher Award, and an ALAN Award. From 1997 to 2006, she taught writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She died of brain cancer on October 17, 2009 at the age of 78.
 
Published May 1, 1995 by HarperCollins Publishers. 196 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Mazer skillfully delineates the girls’ emergence from childhood (one sister recalls skating on a frozen pond, another sews a button on a stuffed animal) by contrasting horrifying scenes of the abducted sister held prisoner by the predator.

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For years Jessie Wells has wondered about her father, James, who walked out on his family when she was just a baby and never returned, leaving her in the care of her mother and an aging aunt.

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Alternating the viewpoints of the predator, who cultivates the anonymous appearance of “any respectable, ordinary man,” and the Herbert girls, who cross his path each day on their way to and from school, Mazer (After the Rain ) keeps readers on the edge of their seats with the knowledge that one ...

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MISSING PIECES Norma Fox Mazer. Avon/Flare, $4.50 ISBN 0-380-72289-5. Mazer demonstrates her continued mastery of YA themes and concerns with this densely packed story about a 14-year-old girl searc

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Mazer (After the Rain; Taking Terri Mueller) demonstrates her continued mastery of YA themes and concerns with this densely packed story about a 14-year-old girl searching for the father who abandoned

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