Torn to Pieces

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Torn to Pieces

By Margot McDonnell

Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9780385735575, 258pp.

Publication Date: November 9, 2010

Anne is used to her single mother's being away on extended business trips. But when her mom is a few days late coming home and her hotel phone has been disconnected, Anne knows something is wrong. Then a strange man starts leaving messages on their answering machine, threatening a woman Anne has never heard of.
Frightened and worried, Anne confides in her grandparents, who give Anne a sealed envelope containing a letter that her mother wrote before she left. With each page, the fabric of Anne's relatively normal life is torn to pieces. Not only does her mother explain why she disappeared, but she reveals other dark secrets that put Anne in grave danger. Now Anne doesn t know whom to trust . . . especially since those closest to her are not who they claim to be.

About the Author
Margot McDonnell is a former high school teacher and earned an MFA from Arizona State University. She lives in Phoenix.