• Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Sixteen-year-old Sami hasn’t seen her mother in ten years—and neither has anyone else. The police suspect Sami’s father had something to do with her mom’s disappearance, but Sami’s never believed that. Her mother chose to abandon her and start a new life. It’s that simple.

But now, evidence has emerged about another missing woman who used to be involved with Sami’s dad. Coincidence—or evidence that the cops have been right all along?

As Sami investigates, she’s forced to question everything she thought she knew about the dad who’s always been there for her and the mother who supposedly abandoned her. And if her dad didn’t kill her mother, what did happen?

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Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 304
Publication Date 2018-08-01
Text Type Fiction—Mystery
BISACS YAF042000, YAF029000, YAF018060
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 630
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2018



“[A] wonderfully written suspense novel that both young adult readers and adults will enjoy.”—VOYA

Publishers Weekly

“Dawn (Oblivion) creates an engrossing thriller, blending Sami’s amateur sleuthing with believable teen angst. . . . [A] compelling story.”—Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“Dawn’s skillful pacing and strong characters create a suspenseful story that will appeal to readers who like a good crime thriller.”—School Library Journal


“An absolute page-turner that uses well-paced suspense instead of graphic violence to craft an edgy tale.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Detailed and suspenseful.”—Kirkus Reviews

Jessica Warman

“A gripping thriller whose plot kept me turning pages, written with such skill and nuance that I couldn’t help going back to re-read some passages simply for their beauty.”—Jessica Warman, author of Between and The Last Good Day of the Year

Author: Sasha Dawn

Sasha Dawn teaches writing at community colleges and offers pro bono writing workshops to local schools. She lives in her native northern Illinois, where she collects tap shoes, fabric swatches, and tales of survival, and she harbors a crush on Thomas Jefferson. Her debut novel, Oblivion, was an Illinois Reads selection and one of the New York Public Library's best books for teens.