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Title:
Vanishing girls
Author:
Oliver, Lauren, 1982- , author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper, [2015]
Physical Description:
357 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
"Two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident, a missing nine-year-old girl, and the shocking connection between them"--

Sisters Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before Dara kissed Parker. That was before the accident that left Dara's face scarred. Now the sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, Madeline Snow, has vanished, too. Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked-- and she has to find her sister, before it's too late.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
890 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.7 13.0 173388.
ISBN:
9780062224101
Format :
Book

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Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before--before Dara kissed Parker, before Nick lost him as her best friend, before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred. Now the two sisters, who used to be so close, aren't speaking. In an instant, Nick lost everything and is determined to use the summer to get it all back.

But Dara has other plans. When she vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl has vanished, too--nine-year-old Madeline Snow--and as Nick pursues her sister, she becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances may be linked.

In this edgy and compelling novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.


Author Notes

Lauren Oliver (born Laura Schechter) was born in New York City in 1982. She received degrees in philosophy and literature from the University of Chicago in 2004. She graduated the MFA program at NYU in 2008. She worked briefly as an editorial assistant and an assistant editor at Razorbill, a division of Penguin Books. She left to become a full-time writer in 2009. Her first novel, Before I Fall, was published in 2010. Her other works include Delirium, Liesl and Po, and Pandemonium. Her title's Panic, Vanishing Girls and The Shrunken Head made The New York Times Best Seller List. She made the Hollywood Reporter's '25 Most Powerful Authors' 2016 list, entering at number 23.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

When Nick leaves her dad's place to move in with her mother and sister, Dara, she's very wary, since Dara hasn't spoken to her since their terrible car accident, which left Dara permanently scarred. In between working at the local amusement park and navigating her confusing feelings for her childhood friend Parker, Nick hopes to patch things over with Dara so they can rekindle the relationship they had before the accident. Meanwhile, everyone in Nick's Virginia beach town is captivated by the disappearance of seven-year-old Madeline Snow, and when Nick thinks Dara is missing in a related incident, she starts poking around in dangerous places only to find out shocking things about her sister. Best-selling Oliver weaves a taut mystery interspersed with blog posts about Madeline's disappearance, and the story is made all the more compelling by Nick and Dara's close but troubling relationship, marked by both love and intense jealousy. Although the plot occasionally seems muddled, and some readers might be frustrated by Nick's diffidence, the bombshell conclusion gratifyingly makes up for it all. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Oliver's Delirium trilogy was a big hit. Expect her many fans to turn out for this novel, too.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Sisters Dara and Nick had grown up as "the Two Musketeers, the Dynamic Duo, Light and Dark, two sides of the same cookie," but after a serious car accident, the two sisters are irrevocably distanced. As older, more reliable sister Nick tries to find her way back into Dara's graces, their strained relationship, the boy who came between them, and the sudden disappearance of a nine-year-old girl bring secrets of a local underworld too close to home. The novel alternates between the sisters' perspectives, both before and after the accident, while news reports, diaries, and blog posts and comments from the community create a narrative full of shades of grey. Oliver (Panic) is in top form in this psychological family drama that investigates the complicated nature of sisterhood. Perfect for readers who devoured We Were Liars, it's the sort of novel that readers will race to finish, then return to the beginning to marvel at how it was constructed-and at everything they missed. Ages 14-up. Agent: Stephen Barbara, InkWell Management. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Different as night and day, sisters Nick and Dara are practically joined at the hip. Nick is perpetually the cool and calm older one who calls the shots. Dara is always tagging along, longing to be in the spotlight. That was before the accident that left Dara injured and Nick shaken to the core. Now, the siblings barely speak to each other; they live together but never cross paths. Nick gets a job at a local amusement park and begins to interact with people again, mostly with her longtime best friend, but also with her sister's ex-boyfriend, Parker. As the summer continues, a young local girl goes missing and Nick finds herself getting more involved with the ensuing drama than she ever expected. The situation comes to a boiling point at Dara's birthday dinner when she disappears too, and it's up to Nick to piece the story together and discover what has happened to her sister. Like in her "Delirium" series and Before I Fall (2010, both HarperCollins), Oliver's characterizations and background stories are well-developed and compulsively readable. The relationship between Nick and Dara drives the plot and is very realistic. The twist the author incorporates at the end is dramatic without being absurd and was completely unexpected. Recommend to teens looking for a well-written work with a juicy ending. They will not be disappointed.-Morgan Brickey, Marion County Public Library System, FL (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.