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They Never Came Back by Caroline B. Cooney
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Mar 29, 10

Read from March 24 to 29, 2010

Cooney's books all appear to follow this theme - children who discover their lives aren't what they thought - in a rather dramatic, traumatic way - and who have to align what they believed to be true with what they discover to be true, all the while figuring out who they are in this changing context.

It is difficult to resolve these types of conflicts in a lifetime, let alone a book. The focus is on the self-discovery, not the resolution of the plot. That is tough to do, and relatively well done in this one. There are loose ends - they could not be reasonably tidied up in a lifetime - but I wasn't left feeling abandoned with no resolution, just the sense of amazement at how resilient children are.
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