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The Last Good Day of the Year

Jessica Warman


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Hardcover (5/19/2015)


In the early hours of New Year's Day, seven-year-old Samantha and her next door neighbor, Remy, watched as a man broke into Sam's home and lifted her younger sister, Turtle, from her sleeping bag, taking her away forever. Remy and Sam, too afraid to intervene at the time, later identified the man as Sam's sister Gretchen's much older ex-boyfriend, Steven, who is sent to prison for Turtle's murder.

Ten years later, Sam's shattered family returns to her childhood home in an effort to heal. As long-buried memories begin to surface, Sam wonders if she and Remy accurately registered everything they saw. The more they re-examine the events of that fateful night, the more questions they discover about what really happened to Turtle.

Praise For The Last Good Day of the Year

"[E]ngrossing: a deeper exploration into the long-term ramifications a child abduction wreaks upon a family. Asuspenseful and haunting look at the uncertainty of memory." —Booklist

"There’s mystery upon mystery here, but they’re all imbued with tenderness and tragedy, and the final, supernaturally touched puzzle is genuinely surprising and original." —starred review, BCCB on BEAUTIFUL LIES

"The novel's tension and persuasive sense of dread should captivate readers." —Publishers Weekly on BEAUTIFUL LIES

"An excellent recreational read for young adults looking for genuine shock and surprise." —VOYA on BEAUTIFUL LIES

"The twins' culturally barren, dreary yet violent world--a realm of broken dreams--resonates . . . in this haunting, moody, character-driven thriller." —Kirkus Reviews on BEAUTIFUL LIES

"It's been a while since The Lovely Bones was in every high school backpack; this is a strong contender to take its place." —starred review, BCCB on BETWEEN

"A perfect read for teens who like complex characters." —starred review, Booklist on BETWEEN

"Dramatic and unpredictable . . . A page-turner to the bittersweet ending." —starred review, Kirkus Reviews on WHERE THE TRUTH LIES

"Achingly realistic . . . with rare, refreshing honesty and flashes of wry humor." —starred review, Booklist on BREATHLESS

"Characterization is vivid and exquisite . . . tender and intimate." —starred review, BCCB on BREATHLESS

Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 9780802736635, 288pp.

Publication Date: May 31, 2016

About the Author

JESSICA WARMAN is also the author of Breathless, which received three starred reviews and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and Where the Truth Lies. The idea for Between came from an incident in her childhood, when a local boy went missing after a party on a yacht (he was eventually found, alive).