Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Book Review ~ If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

About the book: A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

*Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee 2015
About the Author: Emily Murdoch

born: The United States
gender: female

twitter username: leftywritey

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Emily is a writer, a poet, and a lover of books. There's never a time she's without a book. Her debut novel, IF YOU FIND ME, Released in 2013 through St. Martin's Griffin and Orion/Indigo UK.

IF YOU FIND ME, a Carnegie Medal 2014 nominee and YALSA BFYA selection of 2014 has earned starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and School Library Journal, was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice for June 2013 and a Booklist Youth Editors' Choice for 2013, along with being named to the Taysha's 2014 reading list.

IF YOU FIND ME was nominated for the CYBIL Awards, along with the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Books of 2013 in the Best debut author and Best Young Adult Fiction categories,

IF YOU FIND ME is /will be available in Dutch, German, Spanish, simple Chinese, Italian and Korean.

Look for Emily's next novel, FORGET ME KNOTS, through St. Martin's Griffin in 2014/2015!

When she's not reading or writing, you'll find her caring for her horses, dogs and family on a ranch in rural Arizona, where the desert's tranquil beauty and rich wildlife often enter into her poetry and writing.

Emily's other passion is saving equines from slaughter. She uses her writing to raise awareness of this inhumane practice, with the goal of ending the slaughter of America's horses and burros through transport to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico.

She offers sanctuary to abused and slaughter-saved equines who dazzle her daily with their gentle gratitude in exchange for security, consistency, food and love.

As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Emily hopes her penchant for writing will do just that.

All-in-all, she's a lefty in a right-handed world, writing her way through life and smearing ink wherever she writes.

My Thoughts: I loved this book.  It was the kind of book that I didn't want to put down until it was finished.  It was riveting and suspenseful.  I just HAD to find out what Carey's secret was.  I would definitely recommend this book.