The Crops Look Good by Sara DeLuca
What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
So she lets him go. (I've let ours go!)
When she arrives at the destination, when he's been out of sight for mere moments, her son is not there. She can't find him. He is missing.
What follows is the investigation into the disappearance of this boy and into the lives of everyone around him. I was haunted by this book until I finished it. I couldn't stop thinking about it, wondering who the heck took this boy? Complete stranger? Someone he knew- this character or that one? When recommending it at the library I've compared it to The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, but when I say that I mean in terms of tension and story grip, for I find every last character in both of those books completely loathsome, and if I have no one to root for, I can't like a book. While terribly flawed and imperfect, you still understand and feel compassion for the characters in this, Ms. Macmillan's debut novel.
Faithful by Alice Hoffman
Cassi. Alice Hoffman is one of those authors whose work I've always felt slightly ashamed about never having read; Practical Magic has been on my To Read list for a long, long time. The next day I was processing new books at the library, and this came across the desk. I swiped it with zero remorse before any patrons could get their paws on it, then zoomed through it, both because I did feel a little guilty at my book hoarding ways but also because it was a terrific story. I'm not going to try to describe the protagonist because I don't think I can in just a few words without making her sound thoroughly unlikable, but she gets her hooks in you early on in the book, and won't relinquish her hold on you until the very (satisfying) end- but fair warning, you'll do your fair share of frustrated yelling at her in the pages in between.
The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
She was right about this one, though. It's a really beautiful book, about a bright, funny girl with a facile mind and the body that imprisons it due to cerebral palsy. You will want her teacher to see her for who she really is, to hug her neighbor, to physically harm that mean girl, and to cheer for how brave she has to be every day. If Adelaide hadn't already insisted I read it, I would be doing the same to her, as any book that changes how you look at disabilities is one worth forcing on your loved ones.