Genre: Realistic Fiction
# of Pages: 373
Calli is a seven-year-old girl who has been unable to speak since she witnessed a terrible incident years before. Her best friend, Petra, understands her without words and they do everything together. One morning both girls disappear from their beds and police wonder if they are together. Meanwhile, Calli’s alcoholic and abusive father is also missing and her mother begins to fear the worst. Can the well meaning deputy find the girls before it’s too late?
This story written by an Iowa author takes place in an Iowa town and accurately depicts the relationships people have in small town Iowa. Each chapter follows a different character and helps the reader piece together what happened to these two girls. The strong friendship these girls have ends up benefiting both of them in very different ways. There are tough issues addressed such as kidnapping, alcoholism, and, abuse but the story is very engaging and will make readers want to find out what happened to these girls. Recommended for Picoult fans.