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Missing Pieces
Jon Ripslinger
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Missing Pieces

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  14 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Kyle Donovan's life is shattered when his mother goes missing and his father is accused of dismembering her and dumping her pieces into the Mississippi River. He expects his dad's trial for the crime to solve the mystery, but when it ends in a hung jury, Kyle must make a difficult choice: live with the agonizing uncertainty that's destroying him and his little sister, Kell ...more
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Published (first published April 17th 2011)
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Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-2012
"Missing Pieces" is a mystery suitable for the older teen, although stricter parents might object on grounds of language or content. Although there is a mystery that the protagonist, Kyle, sets out to solve, I found the psychological and sociological subtext to the story at least as compelling as the mystery. How Kyle and his younger sister Kelly deal with the disappearance of their mother, how the relationship between parent and child is often illogical when viewed from the outside, and the dyn ...more
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, young-adult
It was fascinating reading a fictionalized account about a true local crime, a missing woman whose husband was suspected of murder and dumping her pieces into the Mississippi River. Great YA novel which will appeal especially to male reluctant readers. The characterization of the young male protagonist has the markings of a Gary Paulsen novel.
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Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good YA book. The teenage son must discover the truth about his parents final fight. The stakes are high, but the teen finds an ally and the clues he needs. The author used facts from a real crime to build his plot.
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After Jon Ripslinger retired as a public high school English teacher, he began a career as an author. He has published many young adult novels and truly enjoys writing books for teens. He has also published numerous short stories in Woman’s World magazine.

Jon and his wife, Colette, live in Iowa. They are the proud parents of six children, and they have thirteen grandchildren and three great-grandc
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