They Never Came Back by Caroline B. Cooney

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In a busy school cafeteria, a teenage girl is confronted by a classmate who questions her identity. He explains to the students who have crowded around that the girl bears an uncanny resemblance to his cousin, who was taken away by social services five years ago. Her parents abandoned her, fleeing the country after being accused of embezzling millions of dollars. The students are intrigued, but the girl shrugs off the attention as a case of mistaken identity.

As the days pass, however, the boy refuses to relent and even brings his parents in to back him up. But they are not the only adults involved. An FBI agent who has been working the case these past five years believes that whoever this girl is, she can serve as bait to help the FBI capture the fugitives. In this powerful novel that explores the possibility of mistaken identity, the evils of money and greed, and the heartfelt obligations of family and loyalty, Caroline B. Cooney has once again crafted a page-turner that will resonate with readers.

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About Caroline B. Cooney

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CAROLINE B. COONEY is the bestselling author of more than thirty young adult books, including the million-copy plus bestseller, The Face on the Milk Carton.
Published December 22, 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 210 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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In this new outing, an instantly gripping story about a girl deserted by her thieving parents, Cathy is confronted by a fellow summer-program student named Tommy, who loudly and publicly declares that she’s his missing cousin Murielle.

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Youth Services Book Review

Two separate voices, Cathy and Murielle, alternate back and forth to begin this new mystery of Caroline Cooney.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Another thrilling suspense novel by Caroline Cooney, They Never Came Back is the story of two girls: Murielle, whose parents fled to escape the consequences of some unscrupulous financial deals five years ago;

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They Never Came Back instantly reminded me of The Face on the Milk Carton, another popular book by Cooney about a girl who recognizes her face on a “Have you seen this child” ad on a milk carton.

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