Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr

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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.

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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.
Published January 4, 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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The abduction of 13-year-old Jody Shaw has absolutely devastated the small, close-knit community of Pineview, Calif.

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Little, Brown , $16.99 (224p) ISBN 978-0-316-03604-7Faith takes a front seat in National Book Award–finalist Zarr's (Story of a Girl ) hard-hitting third novel.

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Zarr has a real talent for writing deep and raw emotions, sharing and connecting with readers who may be feeling the same as Sam.

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Everyone in the small community of Pineview sees Samara, the only daughter of the local pastor, as a good girl with a perfect family and strong faith.

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Reader Girlz

With Sam's pastoral dad drawn into the mix to comfort the family, Sam ends up getting a lot of alone time.

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