Ethan and Caroline are connected by a horrible event - Ethan, and Caroline's autistic brother Dylan, were both kidnapped by the same criminal. Ethan was held and abused for four years, while Dylan was held for a few days. Mathieu's novel looks at what happens afterward, when both families struggle through recovery. Her realistic depictions of families from the same town but different backgrounds make this story ring heartbreakingly true. Highly recommended for grades 9 and up.— Cathy
A tragic kidnapping leads to an unlikely friendship in this novel about finding light in the midst of darkness from the author of The Truth About Alice.
When eleven-year-old Dylan Anderson is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of fifteen-year-old Ethan Jorgensen, who had gone on a bike ride four years earlier and had never been seen again. Dylan's older sister, Caroline, can't help but wonder what happened to her brother, who has nonverbal autism and is not adjusting well to life back home. There's only one person who knows the truth: Ethan. But Ethan isn't sure how he can help Caroline when he is fighting traumatic memories of his own captivity. Both Caroline and Ethan need a friend, however, and their best option just might be each other.
About the Author
Jennifer Mathieu is the author of Devoted and The Truth About Alice, the winner of the Children's Choice Book Awards' Teen Choice Debut Author Award. She teaches high school English in Texas, where she lives in the Houston area with her husband and son.