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Comment: 2012 Bloomsbury Pub. hardcover. Minor shelf/edge wear on dust jacket. Great otherwise! No writing or highlighting!
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599906945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599906942
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,170,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Vanishing Game will drive you along a shocking path fraught with hints of the paranomrla and the sadistic. . . . The perfect example of a YA fiction that makes the cross over into adult fiction.” —A Bookish Libraria

“A gripping mystery . . . impossible to put down. The reader races to keep up with the plot only to get walloped by a mind-blowing twist ending that turns the entire story upside down.” —VOYA

“This book has twists and turns galore. Part corporate espionage thriller, part paranormal horror story, there are also elements of mystery and romance.” —Library Media Connection --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Kate Kae Myers is a sign language interpreter for deaf main streamed high school students. She also runs her high school's creative writing club. This is her first novel.

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I was at the edge of my seat reading this book!
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Kate Kae Myers really has you on your toes with solving the mysteries, it was fun!
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Anyway, if you like mysteries, this one will keep you guessing till the very end!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Courtney @ Fuzzy.Coffee.Books on May 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What I Liked: 1) The cover. Ooooo....creepy. Yeah. Love that cover. 2) Noah. This guy was interesting, and hard to pin down. He was kind of a big mystery. But swoon-worthy all the same. He's got this bad-boy persona going on, but also a Prince Charming kinda thing, where he's all protective. I'm picturing...Prince Charming on a Harley. It's true. 3) Puzzles. I've always loved trying to solve puzzles (anything but a math puzzles, yeesh, don't make me try one of those - says the accountant) and there are so many mystery puzzles in this book that Jocelyn and Noah have to solve. And (thank you, Miz Myers) they are written in such a way that you can try and solve them too. I wasn't ever able to solve any of them, but it was fun trying to all the same. 4) Jocelyn. She was a much easier character to understand as one-track-minded as she was. I don't want to give anything away, but once you read the book, you'll think that that statement is funny. Jocelyn has a lot of street smarts and knows how to get in and out of things pretty well, but it's nice when she lets Noah help out every once in awhile. 5) The ending. This was a big shock to me. I certainly didn't see it coming, and I doubt very many people will. It's definitely a great twist and makes you think about the whole story in a brand new way.

What I Didn't Like: This was a great book that a lot of people will enjoy. But as it turned out, it wasn't really my cup of tea. There isn't anything I can particularly pinpoint, other than maybe just the genre of horror. Like I said, I don't read them very often, so perhaps it was just that.

Overall Thoughts: For those of you who like creepy stories, I would definitely recommend checking out The Vanishing Game.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Zellie VINE VOICE on March 8, 2012
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I've literally been thinking about how to word this review for weeks. I don't really like posting reviews of books I didn't really enjoy. I at least try to mention any redeeming quality the book had... but with The Vanishing Game, it seems to be a challenge to do that.

The Vanishing Game looks like a delicious creepy read about a girl named Jocelyn who loses her twin brother and is forced to revisit the old foster home where weird things (and people) were. Jocelyn believes her twin brother Jack is dead, but when a letter from "Jason December" ends up on her desk one day, she's determined to find out the truth and to find her brother. Along the journey, she's forced to team up with Noah, their childhood best friend and Jocelyn's childhood crush and they both end up with more than they bargained for.

I'll admit, the first half of the book hooked me. The clues that Jack left for Jocelyn and Noah were so complex, if I was a child at the age that they were in while they played Jack's clue game, I would never had the smarts to figure them out! The clues and the hunt were interesting and I was curious to know where it was all going, where was Jack? What happened? What's up with the Seale House? It was nice running into the people of their past and seeing how well they turned out. And I love the cover! But sadly, that's as far as my interest went.

The fact that Jocelyn is 17 and up and left to go on this dangerous journey seemed a little... unrealistic. I admired her will to find her brother but I don't know, the whole thing just had me like this the whole time >> o_O. Noah was so flip flop. One minute he wanted to help, the next he wanted to be rid of Jocelyn. The next minute he cared, and the next he could easily pretend he didn't know she even existed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beccie Weaver on March 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The publishers were kind enough to send me a copy of "The Vanishing Game" for review. HOLY WOW!!! This book was a trip. It hooked me from the start and never let go. I'm pretty good at figuring out what's going to happen in books but I had no idea where this story was going. I was shocked at every twist. I loved the riddles and clues in the book. Despite trying to figure them out, my mind does not work that way. The characters were well thought out and their stories were chilling. It was incredibly sad to read this fiction book knowing that children face the same situations in reality. This story freaked me out but I couldn't stop reading. I was constantly trying to find a reasonable explanation for the creepy events, only to be wrong. The ending was nothing like I would have predicted but it worked in an odd way. I give "The Vanishing Game" 5/5 stars. It's a MUST read for sure. I give kudos to anyone who is able to predict the course of this book from the beginning.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary@BookSwarm VINE VOICE on July 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Nancy Drew and Veronica Mars fans--attention! If you haven't read this book, you're so missing out. Jocelyn is determined to figure out what really happened to her twin, Jack, and she recruits her friend, Nick, to help her out. Jack left several clues to start Jocelyn out on the right path and she dives right in, following said clues like a bloodhound.

While the writing wasn't enough to completely sweep me up and away (it's good but not overwhelmingly so), the story was certainly entertaining and I loved the mystery, Jocelyn and Nick following the clues down a difficult path, and even the ending, though it's similar to others I've seen (hey, they say nothing in the world is new!).

There was some pretty serious child abuse hinted at in this novel--Jocelyn, Nick and Jack were all in an abusive foster home. Jocelyn and Nick kind of cling to one another, especially after Jack disappears and Jocelyn winds up in Nick's car (she's run off and is afraid she's being followed). I suppose it could be called a love story but it's really not. More like two people holding on to something that's familiar, like a stuffed animal from childhood. If you're looking for romance, you'll probably be disappointed.

If you're looking for a great, twisty mystery, you definitely need to check this one out.
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