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This is an extraordinary debut novel, touching on dark issues but celebrating the healing power of love... it's a promising and rewarding first book. The story, the setting, the characters and the pace were just incredible. It's one of those wonderful YA crossover books that you feel no shame in reading as an adult... This is a book that makes you appreciate what you have, not in a soppy way, but in a matter of fact one... A lot of the pain in the book is subtle, understated, unemotional, almost because that's the way Carey has had to deal with it. It's not a big deal, except of course it is, it's a huge, massive deal. And yet, because of the low key way she talks about the past, it seems all the more poignant than any woe-is-me misery memoir. THE BOOKBAG As a debut pitched in the young adult market it is faultless. This book comes highly recommended. THENEXTBIGBOOK ... It is (at times) rather emotionally draining, but the unparalleled beauty and feeling in its pages make it wholeheartedly worth it. BOOKS AND WRITERS JUNIOR This latest powerful and accomplished adolescent novel from the US is fuelled by a strong, individualistic voice in the tradition of Huck Finn. INIS MAGAZINE Carey is a narrator with a strong voice, as we follow her attempt to control her language and ideas in order to slot back into a world she's been removed from far too long to truly remember. We feel the pain of the secret she carries before it is even revealed, and share her desperation for acceptance and safety. She is frustrating, too, taking a long time to see the truth that becomes sadly obvious to the reader, but in this way she is a more believable voice - heartbreakingly, beautifully real... A gorgeous, literary read for teenagers, If You Find Me breaks and soothes your heart in equal measure, with its reminder that home is neither more nor less than the people you love and trust. WE LOVE THIS BOOK ... a powerful debut novel that brought out a range of emotions in me from despair to hope, from love to rage. It's one of my favourite debuts of the year and is guaranteed to hold a special place in the hearts of those who read it. JESS HEARTS BOOKS ... Murdoch left no emotion untouched. DELIGHTFUL BOOK REVIEWS IF YOU FIND ME is a striking debut novel... -- Geraldine Brennan THE OBSERVER If You Find Me is a rare kind of book... this is not just because of how achingly beautiful it is, but more because of how achingly real it is. It's a beautifully written book that grips you from page one, pulling you into a story of survival, resilience and, ultimately, living... If You Find Me is by no means a happy, go-lucky book, but it's an important, hopeful story of two girls surviving in a desolate wasteland and living to tell the tale. It's about family and the strong bond that forms between human beings, whether they're related or not, and how all is never lost. WONDROUS READS Heartbreaking and haunting at times but always beautifully written, If You Find Me is a stunning debut and Emily Murdoch a YA writer to keep an eye on. CHOOSE YA --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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About the Author

EMILY MURDOCH lives in the Arizona desert with her husband and adopted dogs, spending her days operating a sanctuary for slaughter-rescued horses and burros. At night, she writes furiously by candlelight, capturing the ideas inspired by the day. If You Find Me is Murdoch's first published novel.

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Gr 9 Up-Following a bitter custody battle, Carey's mentally ill, junkie mother kidnapped her and disappeared. Living in a broken-down camper hidden deep in the woods of Tennessee, Carey, now 14, takes care of her younger sister, Janessa, who is selectively mute, while their mother seeks her next fix. When protective services intervene, Carey's father, a man she only knows through her mother's lies, reclaims the girls and takes them to live with him, his new wife, and his stepdaughter. Over the following weeks, the sisters encounter luxuries often taken for granted: square meals, running water, warm beds, and a loving family. Carey even experiences first love with a boy from her past. But she doesn't feel she deserves this happily ever after because of a terrible secret: she did something horrific in order to protect her sister. Would her new family still want her if they knew the truth? Murdoch's debut is beautifully written. The deep bond between the sisters is almost physically palpable, as is their intense longing for love and acceptance; they will quickly endear themselves to readers. This absorbing title will find a captivated audience with fans of Caroline B. Cooney's "The Janie Novels" series (Delacorte) and Sara Zarr's books.-Alissa J. Bach, Oxford Public Library, MI (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Many years ago, 14-year-old Carey and her younger sister, Nessa, were kidnapped, hidden in the backwoods of Tennessee, and raised apart from society by their meth-addicted mother. After having abandoned the girls for months, she contacts the girls' father, who rescues them from the trailer where they've been living on their own, whisking them away to his gorgeous home, his understanding new wife, and her less understanding daughter. Murdoch's debut is poetic and beautifully written, and therein lies part of the problem. Carey's narration wavers between the gaps caused by her isolated upbringing and moments of beyond-her-years brilliance ("handburgers" and fries are a mystery, yet she tests two grades ahead of her age and often delivers lines like, "I duck my head and smile, unmoored by the flood of unexpected emotion"). Add in Carey's model-level beauty and virtuosity as a violinist, and the novel's sense of realism takes a hit. That said, Carey and Nessa's story is memorable and deeply moving, and readers will find it very easy to fall in love with these girls. Ages 12-up. Agent: Mandy Hubbard, D4EO Literary Agency. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

-A story about redemption, self-forgiveness and the healing power of truth...emotional truth. Lyrical...heart-wrenching.- --New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)-Beautifully written. The deep bond between the sisters is almost physically palpable, as is their intense longing for love and acceptance; they will quickly endear themselves to readers.- --School Library Journal (Starred Review)-A compelling narrative that is both unflinching about life's pain and hopeful about its possibilities.- --Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)-First-time author Emily Murdoch has written a painful, hopeful, surprisingly quiet book that charts the best and worst of humanity, especially family, with characters who worm their way into your heart-or repulse the reader's very nature. Her narrative is full of unique yet breathtaking similes, detailed descriptions, and unflinching dialogue all masquerading as backwoods Tennessee dialect... She validates the courage and ingenuity of young people the world over for whom survival is instinctive; protection of siblings is nonnegotiable; and love both a right and a gift bestowed upon those fortunate enough to find it.- --Booklist (Starred Review)-Within two pages, I was so hopelessly hooked, I felt like the story had attached itself to me. The storyline is original and suspenseful, but most of all, it was Carey's voice that had me flipping the pages. This is one of those books you devour.- --Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List-If You Find Me grabbed me by the heart on page one and didn't let go till the very last word. Murdoch's language is lovely, her storytelling gripping.- --Carol Lynch Williams, author of The Chosen One-Searing . . . hurt my heart and will probably haunt my dreams - a beautiful book about survival, identity, family, love and so much more.- --Jenny Downham, author of Before I Die-Carey and Nessa's story is memorable and deeply moving, and readers will find it very easy to fall in love with these girls.- --Publishers Weekly "A story about redemption, self-forgiveness and the healing power of truth...emotional truth. Lyrical...heart-wrenching." --New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)"Beautifully written. The deep bond between the sisters is almost physically palpable, as is their intense longing for love and acceptance; they will quickly endear themselves to readers." --School Library Journal (Starred Review)"A compelling narrative that is both unflinching about life's pain and hopeful about its possibilities." --Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)"First-time author Emily Murdoch has written a painful, hopeful, surprisingly quiet book that charts the best and worst of humanity, especially family, with characters who worm their way into your heart-or repulse the reader's very nature. Her narrative is full of unique yet breathtaking similes, detailed descriptions, and unflinching dialogue all masquerading as backwoods Tennessee dialect... She validates the courage and ingenuity of young people the world over for whom survival is instinctive; protection of siblings is nonnegotiable; and love both a right and a gift bestowed upon those fortunate enough to find it." --Booklist (Starred Review)"Within two pages, I was so hopelessly hooked, I felt like the story had attached itself to me. The storyline is original and suspenseful, but most of all, it was Carey's voice that had me flipping the pages. This is one of those books you devour." --Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List"If You Find Me grabbed me by the heart on page one and didn't let go till the very last word. Murdoch's language is lovely, her storytelling gripping." --Carol Lynch Williams, author of The Chosen One"Searing . . . hurt my heart and will probably haunt my dreams - a beautiful book about survival, identity, family, love and so much more." --Jenny Downham, author of Before I Die"Carey and Nessa's story is memorable and deeply moving, and readers will find it very easy to fall in love with these girls." --Publishers Weekly A story about redemption, self-forgiveness and the healing power of truth...emotional truth. Lyrical...heart-wrenching. New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice) Beautifully written. The deep bond between the sisters is almost physically palpable, as is their intense longing for love and acceptance; they will quickly endear themselves to readers. School Library Journal (Starred Review) A compelling narrative that is both unflinching about life's pain and hopeful about its possibilities. Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) First-time author Emily Murdoch has written a painful, hopeful, surprisingly quiet book that charts the best and worst of humanity, especially family, with characters who worm their way into your heart-or repulse the reader's very nature. Her narrative is full of unique yet breathtaking similes, detailed descriptions, and unflinching dialogue all masquerading as backwoods Tennessee dialect... She validates the courage and ingenuity of young people the world over for whom survival is instinctive; protection of siblings is nonnegotiable; and love both a right and a gift bestowed upon those fortunate enough to find it. Booklist (Starred Review) Within two pages, I was so hopelessly hooked, I felt like the story had attached itself to me. The storyline is original and suspenseful, but most of all, it was Carey's voice that had me flipping the pages. This is one of those books you devour. Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List If You Find Me grabbed me by the heart on page one and didn't let go till the very last word. Murdoch's language is lovely, her storytelling gripping. Carol Lynch Williams, author of The Chosen One Searing . . . hurt my heart and will probably haunt my dreams - a beautiful book about survival, identity, family, love and so much more. Jenny Downham, author of Before I Die Carey and Nessa's story is memorable and deeply moving, and readers will find it very easy to fall in love with these girls. Publishers Weekly" A story about redemption, self-forgiveness and the healing power of truth...emotional truth. Lyrical...heart-wrenching. "New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)" Beautifully written. The deep bond between the sisters is almost physically palpable, as is their intense longing for love and acceptance; they will quickly endear themselves to readers. "School Library Journal (Starred Review)" A compelling narrative that is both unflinching about life's pain and hopeful about its possibilities. "Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)" First-time author Emily Murdoch has written a painful, hopeful, surprisingly quiet book that charts the best and worst of humanity, especially family, with characters who worm their way into your heart-or repulse the reader's very nature. Her narrative is full of unique yet breathtaking similes, detailed descriptions, and unflinching dialogue all masquerading as backwoods Tennessee dialect... She validates the courage and ingenuity of young people the world over for whom survival is instinctive; protection of siblings is nonnegotiable; and love both a right and a gift bestowed upon those fortunate enough to find it. "Booklist (Starred Review)" Within two pages, I was so hopelessly hooked, I felt like the story had attached itself to me. The storyline is original and suspenseful, but most of all, it was Carey's voice that had me flipping the pages. This is one of those books you devour. "Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List" "If You Find Me" grabbed me by the heart on page one and didn't let go till the very last word. Murdoch's language is lovely, her storytelling gripping. "Carol Lynch Williams, author of The Chosen One" Searing . . . hurt my heart and will probably haunt my dreams - a beautiful book about survival, identity, family, love and so much more. "Jenny Downham, author of Before I Die" Carey and Nessa's story is memorable and deeply moving, and readers will find it very easy to fall in love with these girls. "Publishers Weekly""

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