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The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

Posted: April 16, 2013 by cplteen in book reviews, books
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The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

Imagine one of your co-workers disappeared during her shift. Imagine the chaos that ensues as everyone rushes to find her. Imagine the worry as you wonder whether or not she’s still alive. Imagine if you find out that the kidnapper may have wanted YOU instead.

That’s the scenario that Gabie faces in April Henry’s The Night She Disappeared. Quiet Gabie didn’t think it would be a big deal when she switched shifts at Pete’s Pizza with the boisterous Kayla. After Kayla disappears while making a delivery to a nonexistent address, Gabie learns from Drew (the only other person working that night) that the caller asked for her first. Gabie feels a connection to Kayla, not necessarily because they worked together, but because it should have been her. Convinced that Kayla is still alive, Gabie works with Drew to find the missing girl before it’s too late.

‘You know what the strangest thing is?” I whisper. ‘I feel like she’s alive. I’m not talking about her spirit. I’m talking about the real Kayla. It feels like she’s alive.

This book definitely had me sprinting to the end–I just had to know what happened! It’s told from multiple points of view as well as with police reports and other notes from the investigation which, while they didn’t necessarily help you piece together the mystery, was an interesting way of breaking up the story. I do admit for a minute there, things got a little farfetched, but all in all I thought this book was difficult to put down. If you like thrillers and/or mysteries, you may enjoy The Night She Disappeared. But…uhm…in real life you should probably leave chasing the bad guys down to the police. I’m just saying. :)

The Great Big Service Project continues this week! Since the last time we talked about it, we made a minor alteration to the way we’re doing the project.

We are STILL making cards for Operation Write Home. However, instead of making cards that troops send home to their families, we will manly focus on making cards for the troops themselves!

These AnyHero cards are just another way to thank a person who is serving his or her country overseas. You can write anything from “Thank you,” to a sweet poem to a longer letter of support and encouragement.

Why did we make the change? AnyHero cards allow you to practice the creativity that we know you all are bursting with. If you’re like me and not too confident about your card making skills you can focus on the writing side. Artsy and fartsy? You can focus on making the cards. Want some variety? Make a card and fill the inside with your own words! There are options for everyone!

So please join us at our next card making session. Stop by anytime between 5:00pm and 7:30pm on Wednesday, April 10 at the Josey Ranch Lake Library. We’ll be in the Storytime Room. Hope to see you there!