In her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott says, “For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”


My hope is that this is what books become to you—as important as almost anything else on earth. This blog is about helping you find the miracle in these small, flat, rigid squares of paper while you are in middle school and beyond. Once you read alongside me, you are forever a member of my tribe of readers. No matter how you old you are, when you need to be reminded of the power of a good story, you will find me here, waiting to place one in your hands.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

DEAD TO YOU by Lisa McMann


copyright date: February 2012
primarily marketed for: young adults (14 and up)

I started Dead to You by Lisa McMann one night before I went to sleep.  I also finished  Dead to You by Lisa McMann before I went to sleep that night.  I just couldn’t close the book without knowing the end.

Dead to You is the story of Ethan, who was abducted when he was only seven-years-old, returning to his family as a teenager. 

As he tries to adjust to his current life at home as a teenager with his younger brother Blake and new younger sister Gracie, Ethan struggles to make sense of his past.  Blake pushes him to find out why he got into that car with strangers and challenges Ethan’s memory every chance he gets.  Gracie is too young to understand who Ethan really is, since she grew up in their family without him. 

Ethan fights to remember the family he left behind and struggles to understand his need to protect Ellen, the woman who he has known as “mom” most of his life.

Although this is not a fast-paced story, it is filled with the tension of what it takes to rebuild a life after unspeakable trauma. 

I read straight through the night just to find out the truth of Ethan’s past and how it will shape who he is now that he is a teenager.  If you pick this book up, I think you might read it just as quickly!

Reading Threads:
Counterfeit Son by Elaine Marie Alphin
The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
The Year Without Michael by Susan Beth Pfeffer

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