Vanish
by Spafford-Fitz, Karen






When fourteen-year-old Simone is assigned to mentor a kindergarten student as a part of her leadership class, she finds herself enjoying the relationship, but soon begins to suspect that something is very wrong with her student's family.





Fourteen-year-old Simone is having a hard adjustment to her new school. The popular girls aren't exactly welcoming her with open arms, and her friends from her old school seem to have forgotten about her.Through her participation in a program that pairs teens with kindergarteners, Simone finds place and purpose in helping out her buddy, Lily, and a friendship forms quickly between the two. Soon, it becomes apparent that something is not right in Lily's home life, and Simone struggles to understand the dynamics at play between Lily's divorced parents until a dramatic disappearance sends Simone racing to find answers. Teens will identify with Simone's attempts to make new friends in the unfriendly environment of middle school. The closing plot twist is fairly predictable, but younger readers will enjoy the slight mystery, and the rapid narrative in this Orca Currents title will engage reluctant readers. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.






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