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Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
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Feb 13, 12

bookshelves: ya, realistic-fiction
Read in February, 2012

Cullen's little brother (15 yrs old) disappears into thin air, apparently, one day. Cullen himself is having a mediocre summer, which starts out with his cousin's overdose and death. With his brother's disappearance and the sightings of a rare woodpecker the community is shaken from its small-town malaise. The book's solemn tone and the characters' responses to grief are well done. Very hard to imagine teens really liking this book or finding much to identify with, but it was well-written and I read it in one sitting just to find out what happens, though one is made to wait quite a while until that point. Another weird, esoteric award winner. Why break the mold now.
High school.

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