Missing Paperback – Apr 1 2011
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"The storyline's chilling recollections of sibling rivalry, and dramatic moments...should keep readers engrossed. The plot, which is established early, immediately draws the reader into the characters' lives, while the descriptions of Thea's observations and surroundings (especially those of the ranch owner's travel photography and Van's grandfather's realistic carved birds) captivate the senses...Recommended." (CM Magazine 2011-02-11)
"Citra's writing is solid, and Thea is strong and appealing." (Kirkus Reviews 2011-03-15)
"A quick and engaging read. Readers who live with one parent, lost a parent, or feel like outsiders will especially be able to relate to the main character, Thea...Also, readers who are drawn to mysteries will find it interesting to try to put the pieces together of a crime that remained unsolved for more than fifty years. Young readers will appreciate the speed with which the plot develops, and the clearly―if briefly―drawn characters." (VOYA 2011-04-01)
"Missing succeeds in winning over hearts with a passion for horses. It is easy to connect with the main character, Thea, due to her curiosity and courage as she faces some of the typical problems of a teenage life. The book is an easy read, has a terrific plot, and comes together nicely because of its great presentation...It would be most appealing to middle school students. It is time, as Thea would say, to find a comfortable place to curl up with a good book." (Teen Reviewer for VOYA 2011-04-01)
"The intersection of Thea's mysterious past with a cold-case mystery she stumbles upon in her latest stay deep in the Cariboo wilderness is compellingly told in Thea's first-person narrative...The theme of finding yourself by letting yourself care for another is subtly and richly conveyed. Citra has written several books for the Orca Young Readers series; fans who are now older should flock to this gripping novel." (Booklist 2011-05-01)
"The novel provides just enough foreshadowing that readers will enjoy piecing together the mystery. The theme of fitting in and finding acceptance will resonate...Recommended." (Library Media Connection 2011-10-01)
"The story is fast moving and compelling...The concurrent story line of Thea's maturing relationships with those around her add another layer of interest." (School Library Journal 2011-09-01)
"The action begins right away, and the tension is kept tight with hints and foreshadowing...The mystery thoughtfully leads readers through themes of guilt, jealousy and death...Missing is a considered and thoughtful novel for horse-lovers and non-horse-lovers alike." (Canadian Children's Book News 2011-07-01)
"Citra's thirty years' experience of ranch life and horses shines as does her powerful writing. The descriptions engage the senses. The pacing will keep the targeted readers out of breath as they quickly turn the pages to find out what happens next. The characters are engaging and alive." (Canadian Teacher 2012-01-01)
"The mysery is engaging...and the story will appeal to reluctant readers, especially horse-loving girls." (Washington State Young Adult Review Group 2012-04-01)
From the Back Cover
"I like being alone," I say. "Honestly. Groups just aren't my thing. It's actually fun not having friends." I don't know why I said that. It was supposed to be funny, but it sounds pathetic. Van's face is more transparent even than mine. He doesn't embarrass easily but he definitely looks annoyed. "I don't think sarcasm suits you," he says stiffly. I'm tired of talking about this. I stand up and stretch. "Have you ever seen Renegade?" I ask. "Who's Renegade?" says Van. "A horse," I say. "Come on." Thea and her dad are always on the move, from one small Cariboo town to another, trying to leave the past behind. They never stay long enough in one place for Thea to make friends, but when her dad gets work renovating a guest ranch on Gumboot Lake, she dares to hope that their wandering days are over. At the ranch she makes friends with Van, a local boy, and works hard to build the trust of an abused horse. When Thea unearths a decades-old mystery, she finally starts to come to terms with the losses in her own life.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The storyline? A young teenage girl having lost her mother moving from place to place every few months as the father finds work 'on the road' ... or is he simply running away from his past? - But this is not where it ends. They are offered lodgings on a newly purchased guest ranch to be renovated and brought up to speed and the father, reluctantly, accepts the job as his old one at a fast food place is about to end. Thea finds a horse - her parents used to be horse breeders so she essentially grew up surrounded by horses ... up until four years ago - and finds out about a girl having gone missing nearly sixty years earlier.
The essential question this story brings up - or should I say questions? - is, will there be a happy future possible? Is running away from problems instead of talking them out the answer? What happens if you do not speak the truth - who will be affected and how?
All in all a very deep story but still written in a very easily understandable way. Becky Citra surpasses herself with this book - this is a definite must read and a keeper!