The Missing Girl by Norma Fox Mazer

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He could be any man, any respectable, ordinary man.

But he's not.

This man watches the five Herbert girls—Beauty, Mim, Stevie, Fancy, and Autumn—with disturbing fascination.

Unaware of his scrutiny and his increasingly agitated and forbidden thoughts about them, the sisters go on with their ordinary everyday lives—planning, arguing, laughing, and crying—as if nothing bad could ever breach the safety of their family.

In alternating points of view, Norma Fox Mazer manages to interweave the lives of predator and prey in this unforgettable psychological thriller.

 

About Norma Fox Mazer

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NORMA FOX MAZER is an award-winning novelist and a faculty member in the well-respected Vermont College Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program. Her books have received a Newbery Honor, the Christopher Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, a National Book Award nomination, and other prestigious honors. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
 
Published October 6, 2009 by HarperTeen. 295 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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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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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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""Mazer 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 her in her infancy,"" said PW.

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Jessie admires her hardworking single mom and is devoted to her great-aunt Zis, but wishes her family were ``whole and perfect,'' made up of ``four sides, a square, not a triangle.'' The geometry of her relationships-her friendships, her place within her family-undergoes major reconstruction as J...

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There's quiet and responsible 16-year-old Mim, who should be fine without Beauty (although Beauty doesn't know Mim's enormous secret yet).

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