When Ian Slater’s best friend, Teddy, suddenly vanishes, it’s up to Ian to find out what happened. He and Teddy were supposed to take photographs together on the day Teddy disappeared—but Teddy never showed up. Rumors are flying, and everyone looks to Ian for answers. Has Teddy run away, searching for the father he’s never met? Or has something more sinister happened? Ian doesn’t know, and he can’t quite remember everything that happened the day Teddy vanished. On top of that, he keeps having terrifying dreams and hearing strange voices. People are starting to say he’s acting strangely, and the sheriff keeps questioning him. As Ian tries to hold it all together and search for clues to Teddy’s disappearance, he strives to present those around him with the picture of a normal kid. But the more he finds out, the less he understands. How well does he really know Teddy? How well does he even know himself?
|Interest Level||Grade 5 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 7|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Carolrhoda Books ®|
|Number of Pages||256|
|Reading Counts! Level||5.8|
- Texas Library Association Lone Star Reading List
- VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers
“Readers will feel the tension mounting as Ian begins to piece together the reality he can no longer ignore, and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep the pages turning.” —Kliatt
“When Fifteen-year-old Ian’s best friend, Teddy, mysteriously vanishes in the Redwood forest of California, Ian begins hearing strange voices and having memory lapses, causing him to frantically question his own role in Teddy’s disappearance. Danilyn (7th grade) thought this book was a good blend of ‘mystery and nature.’” —VOYA
Author: Elaine Marie Alphin
Since her first novel for young readers appeared in 1991, Elaine Marie Alphin published 27 books for young people and one for adults (about writing for young people). Elaine wrote for readers of all ages, from Davy Crockett in Lerner's History Makers series for beginning readers up through teenage mysteries such as Counterfeit Son, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult mystery. Elaine loved research, and that love impacted all of her writing, from biographies for middle grade readers like I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight: A Story About John Paul Jones in the Creative Minds series through young adult fiction such as the history-inspired mystery, The Perfect Shot to the stand-alone nonfiction young adult book An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank.