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The Night My Sister Went Missing

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  544 ratings  ·  74 reviews
A tiny pistol, passed from friend to friend at a party on an abandoned pier, suddenly fires—and Casey Carmody falls into the water below. Kurt, Casey’s older brother, endures a seemingly endless night at the police station while the coast guard searches for his sister and his friends are questioned, one by one.Was the gunfire accidental or deliberate? Or was the whole dram ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published November 1st 2006)
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Jane Brant
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a free download from my local library, I was pleasantly surprised by this book, and wished I were still teaching in the classroom. What would be great is to have a middle school or early high school class carefully map these characters in the book...and then personalize it by drawing on similarities and comparisons to people they think they know. Now that is the important clue to this book...what you think you know about someone's life and character may not be the truth at all....and what dri ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I'm giving this a 4 because through most of the book, I was riveted in suspense, and only put it down because I had to get some sleep! It was a fast read. However, the ending seemed confused to me-- I wasn't as clear about what was going on as I had been through the rest of the book. I think that may have been because I didn't get to read it all the way through in one sitting, not through any fault in the writing. I'd be interested to hear what someone else thinks.
Rylie Vowels
When I saw this book, and read the back of it, I thought that this would be a book that I would love to read because I love mystery. But I was very underwhelmed with this book. I found the book very hard to follow and for it being a mystery, there was little suspense and thrill.
Katelyn Martin
I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I was younger. I liked the surprise ending but I found it did go one way to look, and got kind of boring. Stacey was my favorite character. I liked how it high lighted the damage gossiping does, and how all these friends talked bad behind each other's back.
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was pretty good, it moved kinda slow in the middle, but overall I liked the plot and mystery
It was okay. Skimmed parts of it. Just didn't draw me in.
Aug 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Mark Frye, author and reviewer for

Carol Plum-Ucci is a phenomenal writer who mixes elements of thrillers, mysteries, and problem novels with great success. In her latest, THE NIGHT MY SISTER WENT MISSING, she covers familiar territory from earlier novels without costing the story a suspenseful edge or satisfying conclusion. With her usual cast of sympathetic characters, readers are drawn into the story and feel as if they have a stake in the outcome.

The narrator, Ku
Tranna Foley
When his sister goes missing under mysterious circumstances, seventeen-year-old Kurt spends a night at the local police station overhearing statements from a variety of witnesses that reveal the deep prejudices and shocking secrets of his small beach community. - Summary from library catalog

This author always writes interesting stories. This is no exception. The entire book takes place over one night and reveals a lot of secrets about this small community. The insight into teenage friendships (o
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Let me start off by saying that I really like the plot and summary of the book because I'm a sucker for mystery/crime type books. I think that this book brought a tv like feel to paper in that different points of view were heard through one narrator. I'd never read a book like this and it was definitely refreshing. The crime aspect was also nice in that it allowed me a break from the fantasies I usually read.

However, I was a little disappointed in the way some of the majo
Carmen Yeung
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Madeline Ellis
May 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng-356
This mystery is about finding Casey, a girl who went missing at a party late one evening. Her brother, Kurt, is desperate to find answers, and throughout the story, different individuals are interviewed by Lutz, a cop at the local police department, about their side of the story. Lots of secrets are uncovered, and plenty of information is dispelled, which all comes together by the end of the novel. Plum-Ucci keeps the reader guessing as they try and discover the unknown.

I thought that this book
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"If nothing else, in all these words, I have a memorial to Stacey Kearney that tells as much as you can tell about somebody whose life was a mystery, an endless secret, and yet, you know you're right to love her forever."

This wasn't a bad story, although with only 202 pages it took me quite a while to feel connected to any one character. It wasn't until Chapter 13 that I was truly connected with Kurt. Stacey surprised me as did the rest of this book. I was riveted, saddened and quite moved by th
Jul 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens
The title, “The Night My Sister Went Missing” by Carol Plum-Ucci, caught my attention and my 14 year old daughters right away. The cover has a real picture of teens hanging out on a pier. My daughter actually read the book before me. I thought that was a good sign. She can be very picky when it comes to picking out a book..
The jacket blurb gets you interested in the first two paragraphs. Makes you want to know what’s going to happen. Talks about teens hanging out on an abandoned pier, smoking,
Jun 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One night on a pier in the dark, Kurt Carmody and his sister, Casey, are hanging out with their group (whom they call the Mystic Marvels) and passing around a little pistol someone had brought. Suddenly everyone hears a shot and Casey Carmody falls off the pier and into the black ocean. A whole entanglement of jealousies and lies comes out as everyone is questioned by the police through the early hours of the morning about the shot, the now missing pistol, school, their group Mystic Marvels, an ...more
Oct 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mature HS
Kurt's life suddenly and brutally comes into focus for him after his sister disappears from a party on an abandoned pier. A party where there was a gun and a shot. Was Casey shot? Did she dive off the pier or fall? Who had the gun last and why was it at the party anyway? Will Casey's body wash ashore or is this one of her pranks?
Waiting for his parents at the police station, Kurt and his best friend overhear everyone who comes in to give their statement. The secrets and judgements revealed in
Jan 11, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction, mysteries
t was just another dune party on a slow night in Mystic…until Casey Carmody went missing off the side of the pier and no one was sure whether she’d been shot or not. Suddenly everything was a question and all the gossip was hot.

Stuck at the Police Station waiting for his parents’ flight to get in, Kurt Carmody was helpless. So he did the only thing he could: eavesdropped with his best friend on the statements given by their friends. An experience that turned out to be more eye-opening than he’d
Zoe Elizabeth
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book I've read by Carol Plum-Ucci, and the third one I've enjoyed immensely. Though I didn't like it as much as What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci or The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci, but it was still a fantastic read. Like always, Plum-Ucci does a great job at capturing something mysterious, but just believable enough to make the reader wonder what else is out there besides us. I thought the mystery was built up nicely and I flew through the novel, as I have with her other books.
Medeia Sharif
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Casey Carmody disappears into the dark waters at a night-time party in a small town. It’s unsure if she dove, was pushed off, or fell off the pier after gunfire was heard. Casey’s brother Kurt, who was at the party but didn’t see what happened, wants to get to the bottom of things, hoping his sister is alive somewhere. All fingers are pointing to Stacy Kearney, who brought a derringer to the party. Stacy’s pregnant and Casey’s boyfriend may be the father. Also, Stacy has secrets swirling around ...more
Allison Renner
Dec 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
The description on the back cover and rave review excerpts made me think this book would be suspenseful, but it was pretty boring. Kurt Carmody is at a party when his younger sister, Casey, is shot by a gun most party-goers thought was a toy. She fell from the pier - or did she dive, being such an athletic prankster? Everyone heard and saw different things, and there are crazy rumors going around about the gun owner, Stacy. The story was too jumbled and didn’t have a clear focus. None of the cha ...more
Maggie MacGirr
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book while scrolling through Pinterest, so it was a "shot in the dark". Much like this book unfolded to be. I thought the mystery itself was very intriguing and I very much enjoyed Carols writing style. In the dedication page it reads:

All of my English students.
ALL of you.
You're all NUTZ.
I love you.
You're gonna make it.

I thought this dedication page was inspiring to many young authors and creators, as an encouragement to do more and be more.

Carol also gives helpful advice in the
Very suspenseful mystery, that takes place all in one night! Kurt tells the story of what happened on the town pier during a summer night party, as he waits in the police station to learn if his missing sister has been found, dead or alive. She was at the party on the offlimits pier when a gun was passed around among the teens, and someone fired it, and his sister fell (or dove?) into the ocean. Kurt learns a lot of town secrets that night as he listens in to the interrogations of his friends an ...more
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fabulous!!! It kept me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning to the very end! This book is all about a boy named Kurt. One summer night Kurt and his younger sister,Casey go to a party on the beach. Just a typical summer night until they find out that someone brought a gun. A loaded gun. Kurt doesn't really care about it until he hears it go off along with the scream of his sister's name.
The book is all about Kurt and his desperate attempt to find his sister. Throughout t
Catalina Sennett
Jul 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is most definitely a must read. A teenage party on a abandoned pier leading to a gunshot and a 15 year old girl falling off the pier. Who shot at Casey? Why is everyone pointing fingers at Stacey? Did someone want to harm Casey or was it all an accident? hmmm. Most of the book takes place on the one night it happened, at the police station, where the kids from the party are giving statements. I really enjoyed Streams of Babel by Carol, so I was hoping to really like this one also, and I did. ...more
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cally Hakala
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books

At first I honestly did not like this book, but I decided that I would keep reading to the end. The main character in this book is Kurt Carmody. The book is about the night his sister went missing. Kurt heard a gun shot and then what he thought was a laugh from his sister. When he turned to see if she was okay, she was gone. What happened to Casey Carmody? Read "The Night My Sister Went Missing" to find out. I ended up really liking this book. Trust me the book gets better the more you read it.
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
In a short book, Carol Plum-Ucci manages to pack quite a punch. She has a strong set of individualized characters, who - through a series of police interviews - paint a picture of a small beach-front town and its secrets in stunning detail. The thing that always gets me about this book is how tightly constructed the narrative is. Everything goes together, starting from the first scene. There's nothing superfluous at all, and the reader is carried along from start to finish logically, but shockin ...more
Aug 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens, Jerseyites
Shelves: teens
Set in a resort town on the Jersey Shore, this is the story of a night of teen drinking turned terribly tragic. When partying on an abandoned pier, a gun accidentally goes off at the same time one of the teens falls of of the pier.

As the police question each teen who was partying at the pier, a grimmer story begins to emerge about secrets the town has been hiding.

The action is fast-paced and Carol Plum Ucci does a nice job of writing realistic-sounding teenage conversations.
Aug 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gun at a party is supposed to be harmless and cool.NOT! A boy wonders what happens to his sister when he hears a gunshot and dosen't see or hear what happens. A long search and everyone is tied into each other. This story gives you a behind the scenes of the popular girl who has a dark past, a semi popular girl who is dating the popular girls ex, friends and family. You will definately miss out if you do not read this great book.
Jan 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pager turner and interesting story, but I felt the language wasn't necessary. I understand putting it in because of it fitting in with real life, but I don't want to have to read it. A good author can write without profanity and still make it authentic to our time. I guessed the mystery's answer before I got to the end and wished it could have been different. Still, it was an interesting book.
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Carol Plum-Ucci is a young adult novelist and essayist. Plum-Ucci’s most famous work to date is The Body of Christopher Creed, for which she won a Michael L. Printz Award in 2002 and was named a finalist to the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Describing her subjects as "the most common, timeless, and most heart-felt teenagers," Plum-Ucci is widely recognized for her use of the South Jersey shore to set sce ...more
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