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Finding Melissa

""Newspaper clipping, June 20, 1990. On Sunday two and a half year old Melissa Warren disappeared while her parents were tenting at a campground near the North Thompson River. Search parties failed to locate the little girl's body in the dense bush around the campground. The proximity of the river raised the possibility that she had been swept away by the rushing water, still high from Spring run-off and flooding. 'She'd sometimes wake up before the rest of us, ' her distraught mother explained, 'but we were careful to put her in the back of the tent...she had to climb over the rest of us in our sleeping bags, ' she sobbed. 'I don't know how she got out. When we woke up she wasn't there!'"
Twelve years after the unexplained mystery of her sister Melissa's disappearance, Clarice Warren still deals with the aftermath. Her dad is gone now leaving her with a mother who can't forgive her for surviving. She had always thought that her mother's favourite was her little sister - and nothing has changed now. Melissa still gets 100% of her mother's attention even twelve years after her disappearance. Her mother can't give up hope that someday Melissa will come home. Since Clarice can't get her mother's loving attention by being a good daughter - maybe being a "bad girl" is the better approach.
In another town, a young girl still has strange dreams that she can't explain - about people who mean nothing to her. She has lived with her aunt Rosie ever since her parents abandoned her as a baby. She doesn't remember any of her life with her parents - she only remembers feeling "safe" with Aunt Rosie. She has always been isolated and sheltered but now her life is about to change and she is going to have to learn to be with other people and away from the cocoon of safety she has always known. Maybe that is why the bad dreams have returned.
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Cora Taylor is the acclaimed author of On Wings of a Dragon, the Ghost Voyages trilogy, Julie (1550544594) and Julie's Secret (1550544608). She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.


"Several very mature themes are presented in this novel, and difficult topics such as pedophilia, prostitution, and drug abuse are explored in the third-person narrative. The unsentimental approach may cause anxiety for some sensitive, younger teens. However, the exposition of these realities for contemporary Canadians provides several excellent opportunities for critical thinking and reflection. Teachers and parents who promote the examination of tough issues for their students and children will appreciate the novel's directness. Taylor's economical use of language and the novel's rapid pace provide the reader with a compelling plot. Minimal description and action-oriented character accounts keep the tension appropriately high throughout the evolution of the plot. Fans of the suspenseful writings of Caroline B. Clooney and Margaret Peterson Haddix will welcome this engaging Canadian alternative. Highly Recommended." -- CM Magazine"This book is both a riveting suspense book and a fascinating character study." -- Books For Children blog

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