"A harrowing survival story.... Sam and Riddle are wonderfully appealing characters.... A highly suspenseful read with a dynamic, cinematic quality that keeps the pages turning to the satisfying conclusion."
"Sloan, a film writer and director (Angels in the Outfield and Made in America ), has fashioned a cast of memorable characters with compelling stories and relationships." --KIRKUS 4/1/11
"Readers will love the sense of karmic justice and the depth of character in this beautiful and moving story about how two boys journey toward home." -- ROMANTIC TIMES 3/31/11
Sloan delivers a cinematic, psychologically nuanced first novel of star-crossed love and the power of human empathy and connection. Her skills as a writer are never in doubt.
--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY copyright 04/11/11
Sam and Riddle are two of the most utterly sympathetic characters to grace a page; there aren't enough warm, fuzzy blankets in the world to wrap around these deserving boys. --THE BULLETIN FOR THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS copyright June 2011
A 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spent her childhood living in California; the Netherlands; Istanbul; Washington, DC; and Oregon. She has written and directed a number of successful family feature films. The mother of two sons, Holly lives with her husband in Santa Monica, California. I'll Be There is her debut novel.
"She had a son. His name was Jared. But when the man on the phone had said they'd found a boy in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, and he'd said he was her son, she knew that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Trosado
A very different story. Very suspenseful and real life. Hard to put down once I started reading it. Good clean read.Published 2 months ago by cloudy#1
I rented this book from my library, knowing I wouldn't love it. I can't bring myself to say I liked the book, but I will say that I didn't hate it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by HK Allen
This book was so intense and beautifully written. Very unique. I'm so happy to have had this experience. Highly recommended.Published 5 months ago by Writer's Block
Sam and his brother Riddle aren't going to school, they don't have any food if they don't provide for themselves and they live in constant fear. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Suze @ Suze Likes, Loves, Finds and Dreams
I could not put this book down. Because it’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. And she’s amazing.
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sam border 17 year old self-taught guitarist who is fully devoted to his 12 year old brother riddle goes to church to hear the mucis on sunday is in for a suprise when emily bell... Read morePublished 12 months ago by 7 Ezekiel C.