The Missing Girl
By Norma Fox Mazer
(HarperTeen, Hardcover, 9780066237763, 288pp.)
Publication Date: February 1, 2008
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He could be any man, any respectable, ordinary man.
But he's not.
This man watches the five Herbert girls—Beauty, Mim, Stevie, Fancy, and Autumn—with disturbing fascination.
Unaware of his scrutiny and his increasingly agitated and forbidden thoughts about them, the sisters go on with their ordinary everyday lives—planning, arguing, laughing, and crying—as if nothing bad could ever breach the safety of their family.
In alternating points of view, Norma Fox Mazer manages to interweave the lives of predator and prey in this unforgettable psychological thriller.
Norma Fox Mazer, who lives in Montpelier, Vermont, has written nearly thirty novels and short-story collections for young adults. Her novels, including Missing Pieces, Out of Control, Girlhearts, and the Newbery Honor Book After the Rain, are critically acclaimed and popular among young readers for their portrayal of teens.
“Gripping and satisfying…Mazer’s strong characterizations and her portrayal of family relationships stand out.”
-ALA Booklist (starred review)
“Mazer’s latest novel would give Alfred Hitchcock a run for his money…outstanding.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This well-crafted thriller with mythic undertones...offers readers rewards beyond sensationalism.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)
“A psychological thriller...[that] ends on a hopeful note with a theme of self-empowerment.”
-KLIATT (starred review)
“The story is stunning! It is tender, touching, horrifying . . . and brilliantly executed. The characters leap off the page.”
-—Marion Dane Bauer, author of the Newbery Honor book On My Honor.
“The Missing Girl is an urgent, daring, compassionate thriller. Put it down — I dare you!”
-—Tim Wynne-Jones, award-winning author of The Boy in the Burning House.