Found Things (Hardcover)
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9781442460874, 240pp.
Publication Date: July 15, 2014
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One morning, River Rose Byrne wakes up talking like nobody else, and she doesn’t know why. Maybe it’s because her beloved older brother, Theron, has abruptly vanished. Maybe it’s because that bully Daniel Bunch won’t leave her alone. Or maybe it has everything to do with the eerily familiar house that her mind explores when she’s asleep, and the mysterious woman who lives there.
River has to puzzle through these mysteries on her own until she makes a strange new friend named Meadow Lark. But when she brings Meadow Lark home and her mother reacts in a way that takes River by surprise, River is more lost than before. Now all that’s left for her to do is make wish after wish—and keep her eyes open for a miracle.
Marilyn Hilton’s haunting debut dives down deep into murky waters brimming with secrets, sorrow, and hope, giving us faith in the things that we seek, but haven’t yet found.
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Praise For Found Things…
"In her atmospheric first novel, Hilton. . . transports readers to the deep woods of Quincely, N.H., and into the mind of 11-year-old River Rose Byrne. . . . An eerie sense of foreboding. . . creates tension that will carry readers through the book like the current of the river that River is so drawn to."
"Debut author Hilton weaves a gentle story of steadfast hope in the face of loss, told from the perspective of an intelligent, sensitive young girl who is perceptive beyond her years. River’s sometimes poetic first-person narration reveals her gradual understanding of the ways Theron’s disappearance reverberates throughout her community. With enigmatic Meadow Lark benignly prodding her forward, River bravely seeks out answers and learns valuable lessons about forgiveness and faith."
"Marilyn Hilton's debut novel FOUND THINGS…covers an impressive array of topics including depression, bullying, hope and the nature of friendship…. I was particularly impressed with the treatment of River's feelings about being adopted, which are complex, heartfelt and very real…at its core, FOUND THINGS is the story of a young girl understanding how to sing her song in her own tune."
"Lyrical and poignant, this novel weaves lessons about family, friendship, and forgiveness with elements of magical realism.... Hilton has a remarkable gift for language, employing memorable, heart-piercing turns of phrase.... Sensitive to its characters and attuned to the needs of the eleven-year-old heart, this evocative novel will fare well with readers who love language or uncovering family secrets, and who don’t mind a bit of thought-provoking ambiguity in a story’s end."