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*Starred Review* Mila, 12, is something of a mentalist. She can read expressions, sense underlying emotions, and put human puzzles together. Even though her father’s lifelong friend Matthew has gone missing, Gil and Mila carry on with their plan to fly from England to Matthew’s home in upstate New York, only now, instead of a visit, the purpose of their trip is to find him. The story is presented as a mystery, and it is, but it is so much more. Rosoff, who writes each of her books differently (and often brilliantly), shapes this story as much by form and intuitions as by events. In making the choice not to use quotation marks for the dialogue, readers are immediately pushed inside Mila’s head. Every conversation is filtered through her observations; even the way she can “read” Matthew’s loyal dog, Honey, informs what she learns and understands about Matthew, including his motives and machinations. Wisely, Rosoff also provides a parallel subplot about Mila’s own best friend that anchors Mila as a recognizable 12-year-old. Without that plot point, her multinational heritage and surprising gifts might make her hopelessly “other.” As readers move deeper into the story (literally deeper as Mila and Gil find themselves in snowbound rural settings), Matthew’s situation becomes a surprising tunnel for Mila to learn more about her own father and what adults are capable of. There’s no condescension or compromise to the obvious audience either in premise or prose. It’s another choice, one that allows the book to offer its many insights on the human condition to a widespread readership. Grades 6-9. --Ilene Cooper
THREE STARS for Meg Rosoff’s PICTURE ME GONE:
STARRED REVIEW from KIRKUS REVIEWS:
“A brilliant depiction of the complexity of human relationships in a story that’s at once contemplative and suspenseful.”
STARRED REVIEW from BOOKLIST:
“Rosoff, who writes each of her books differently (and often brilliantly), shapes this story as much by form and intuitions as by events . . . There’s no condescension or compromise to the obvious audience either in premise or prose. It’s another choice, one that allows the book to offer its many insights on the human condition to a widespread readership.”
STARRED REVIEW from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
“This thought-provoking coming-of-age story requires that readers be at least as mature as Mila as she confronts unpleasant truths . . . Mila’s sharp observations of the people she meets and the winter landscape add a fresh, poetic aura to her discoveries and the novel as a whole.”
This may be one of the best and most memorable novels I've ever read, and I read all the best-sellers that are for adults, not ususally books for young people. Read morePublished 5 months ago by n.beth
With the exception of her picture books, I've read all Meg Rosoff's books, and the experience is always beyond enjoyable. The woman can write; there's no two ways about it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Barrie Summy
Didn't want to put this book down!
Not a big reader. Good book to get back in motion with frequent reading
This book is captivating and a quick read for all ages. The way Mila could intuitively know her world around her by simply paying attention. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jross
I just loved this book. I started reading and couldn't put it down. The main character, the girl telling the story, is fascinating with her insights and opinions. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ann L. Mackenzie
Where did he go? It seemed like some big mystery, like there was going to be some big climax to this story but in the end, I felt worse off than the characters. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Live Outside
Great first half, took a nose dive after that. I liked the main character a lot and that's the only redeemable part of this book.Published 14 months ago by M. Langston