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28 December 2007 @ 10:01 am
always a reason to celebrate: a new novel by Norma Fox Mazer  
So here it is a few days after Christmas. We took down the tree yesterday and Scout is still looking for it. However, we have our living room space back, and Scout also can look out all the windows in the front of the house. All is well, I think. The resident teens got to spend some of their Christmas loot yesterday courtesy of big sister, Cali. They cleaned out closets to make room for the new stuff. We dropped bags of discards off already. It's beginning to look a lot like a New Year.

I had some quiet time this morning to finish reading the new Norma Fox Mazer, THE MISSING GIRL. Told in several voices, it is the story of a tumultuous family with five daughters: Autumn, Fancy, Mim, Stevie, and Beauty. As they go about their daily lives dealing with a mother who smokes so much she wheezes as she climbs stairs and a father on disability, and the slings and arrows of mean kids at school, they are being watched by a man. He fantasizes about which one would be the best one to take home for himself. That is when the creepiness begins to climb up the spine. It takes strong hold and does not let go in this novel of suspense and intensity.

Mazer has explored the dark side of human nature before. Her books have dealt with abuse (OUT OF CONTROL), loss of a loved family member (AFTER THE RAIN), and the Holocaust (G0OD NIGHT MAMAN). However, I think she might fly under the radar for some. Take her new novel to your teen readers and be sure to have her other titles nearby.

Current Location: in the reading chair
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: theme from Wil and Grace
lizgallagherlizgallagher on December 28th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
WOW -- thanks. I had no idea that Norma's new book was out, but I'm lucky enough to have heard her read from drafts (while I was at Vermont), and can't wait to read it!!
linda urbanlurban on December 28th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
I have heard her read a bit of this novel, too, and was completely sucked in. I'm so glad to know that it is/will be available!

(BTW, hope you don't mind, but I forwarded your review to Norma, who was very glad to read it.)
professornanaprofessornana on December 28th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
Glad to know Norma liked what I had to say. I did not want to say too much and spoil the reading for someone else.