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What Happened to My Sister: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Flock
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Book Description

From the author of Me & Emma comes a dazzling novel of two unforgettable families bound together by their deepest secrets and haunted pasts—perfect for fans of The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes and The Book of Bright Ideas.

Nine-year-old Carrie Parker and her mother, Libby, are making a fresh start in the small town of Hartsville, North Carolina, ready to put their turbulent past behind them. Violence has shattered their family and left Libby nearly unable to cope. And while Carrie once took comfort in her beloved sister, Emma, her mother has now forbidden even the mention of her name.
When Carrie meets Ruth, Honor, and Cricket Chaplin, these three generations of warmhearted women seem to have the loving home Carrie has always dreamed of. But as Carrie and Cricket become fast friends, neither can escape the pull of their families’ secrets—and uncovering the truth will transform the Chaplins and the Parkers forever.
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Editorial Reviews


"Haunting, harrowing, and exquisitely told, Flock's brilliant, bold novel is all about imagination, grief, and one stunning young narrator's struggle to transcend an unimaginable past in order to carve out a future. Absolutely unforgettable." ---Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You

About the Author

Elizabeth Flock is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed novels But Inside I'm Screaming, Sleepwalking in Daylight, Everything Must Go, and Me & Emma.

Cassandra Campbell has recorded nearly two hundred audiobooks and directed many more. She has been nominated for and won multiple Audie Awards, as well as a prestigious Odyssey Award, and she has been awarded more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards. Cassandra was also named a Best Voice by AudioFile for 2009 and 2010.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3362 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345524438
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (August 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005X0K8KO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,928 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Carol M
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What Happened to My Sister is a sequel to Me and Emma. Do read Me and Emma first. The first book is one of my all-time favorites. It ends with a shocking twist that I didn't see coming, and it has stuck with me for years. If you read the second book first, it will be a "spoiler" for the first book and you'll miss the impact of that twist.

What Happened to My Sister picks up where Me and Emma left off. Young Carrie living a transient with her mother, and is sadly neglected. The child does not even have food, scrounges where she can, and resorts to eating paper when she can't find anything else. It's horrible. Then she meets and befriends a girl from a normal family, but the "normal" family has its own sad history. Carrie and the Chaplin family are good for each other.

I loved this book, and hard a time putting it down. I'm not sure how much of that was because of this book itself, or because I was already so invested in Carrie from reading Me and Emma a few years ago. Either way, I highly recommend both books.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I, CAROLINE PARKER, AM NOT CRAZY September 1, 2012
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Go to the library, your local book store, or better yet, click on AMAZON, and get a copy of ME & EMMA and read it, front to back. Then, sit yourself down and read WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SISTER. You will be glad you did.

ME & EMMA is a book I read years ago and one that has stuck with me. The ending was a super shocker, a total surprise, leaving me stunned. WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SISTER picks up from that point and moves on fluidly.

Caroline, better known as Carrie, is a sad little girl who has led a life full of misery and physical/emotional abuse. She is constantly hungry, unkempt, unloved by her mother, yet she somehow manages to be a sweet and polite little girl, trying hard to make her Momma love her. Horrible things happen to her; one incident so terrible that Carrie and her Momma move out of town. They end up at a no-tell motel in a town much larger than the one they ran from. The size of the town, along with everything that a big city has to offer, is awesome to little nine year old Carrie.

Even though they have changed their address, Momma hasn't changed at all and is very cruel to Carrie. Momma doesn't love or even like Carrie much and beats her and speaks horribly to her. It's amazing what a kind child Carrie is, and even though she is constantly belittled and beaten by her momma, Carrie tries so hard to please her to no avail. Fate will be fate and one day Carrie meets up with Cricket and her mom -- they are a family trying hard to over come their own family tragedy -- and a friendship blossoms quickly.

With Cricket and her mom Honor in her life, Carrie tries hard to reach for some happiness and find some comfort and love in these people.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Her first book, Me and Emma was a very good read. It had me thinking for several days afterwards, and it had an excellent ending (I won't spoil it, but it was a twist, and it took me by surprise, I am seldom surprised by plots).

I was excited to read this book, the follow on.... Well, I wish I hadn't. It absolutely RUINED the first book for me... it took away the excellent twist, and in my opinion, cheapened the whole first book's story.

This book felt like it was thrown together, sloppy writing, sloppy plot development, and very, very unbelievable. It was as if she had to re-invent her story just to write this book. I say read the first one, don't bother with this one.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Child protagonist -- but not for children; high 4 June 30, 2012
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Caroline (Carrie) Parker is nine years old and from the mountains of North Carolina. She and her mother are escaping from abuse and own very little. Carrie even lists the small amount of clothing she has - and most of those are second hand. One thing that keeps Carrie's spirits up is Emma. Because Carrie's mother forbids even the mention of Emma's name, Carrie herself doesn't even trust her own judgment about whether or not Emma is real, and whether Emma could be a long-lost sister.

During the Parkers' escape and hopes for a better life, Carrie meets a girl named Emma Ford. Emma owns things that Carrie didn't even know exist; Carrie had never before seen a computer or an iPod, and Emma explains what they are and how they work, and Emma most certainly knows how to do research with a computer! Carrie confides many things to Emma, and Emma discovers more on the computer to tell Carrie.

This story is told from two well-delineated voices: Carrie's and that of Honor Chaplin Ford, Emma's mother. Though Honor has her hands full caring for her mother and daughter and trying to salvage her marriage, she sees that Carrie's situation is not good. Carrie is too thin, too hungry, not always clean, and sometimes bruised. Honor wants to help, but isn't sure how or how far to go. The two viewpoints are indicated by the name Carrie (in a childlike font) and Honor (in a more mature font) at the beginning of the appropriate chapters. In addition, readers see childlike usage and grammar when the author is in Carrie's voice, and more mature, more grammatically correct usage when the author is using Honor's voice.

Though the main protagonist is Carrie, a child, this book is not for children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read
I rated this book five stars on Goodreads because it is absolutely amazing. It’s a heartbreaking, warming tale of Carrie and her search for Emma. Read more
Published 9 days ago by annhlynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read if you have a box of tissues.
It broke my heart on how cruel people can be with their children and how this little girl survived. I couldn't read it fast enough to get to the ending!! Have the hankies ready!
Published 27 days ago by Brenda
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
This was the most annoying and utterly ridiculous book I've ever read.
Published 1 month ago by Lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant.
This book explores the life of an eight year old girl who has experienced both physical and emotional abuse. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Prindaville
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great quality and speedy delivery!
Published 3 months ago by angiel
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book and its prequel
This is a sequel to "Emma and Me" and I loved both books. As in Emma and Me, there are some heart-wrenching parts of this book, but there are a lot of unexpected... Read more
Published 5 months ago by PJWolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow loved it.
This was a really good book. Both the first and second were good. I would like to read others but is
Great book, I want to read more by this author.
Published 6 months ago by Strainii
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Order came without problem. Have not actually read the book yet.
Published 6 months ago by Spring Valley Library
2.0 out of 5 stars Read ME & EMMA first.
Read the wonderful ME & EMMA by the same author before this one.
Published 7 months ago by Good Advice
5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching, emotional story
Get the box of Kleenex for this emotional read. Carrie and her mother are relocating in order to have a better life. Read more
Published 7 months ago by KrazyBookLady
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More About the Author

*** BREAKING NEWS: I am delighted to announce that "O, The Oprah Magazine" named WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SISTER one of "Ten Titles To Pick Up Now" (September, 2012). ***

The single best career decision I ever made was chosing to leave something safe to try something risky. I look back now and smile at how blissfully unaware I was of all that is involved with getting something published but I am grateful I didn't have that as my goal.
All I wanted was to see if I could write a book I had in mind. My wish for everyone would be to experience the joy of completing something they feel so passionate about.
Being a writer is the hardest job I have ever had but it is also the best, most gratifying job I could hope for.
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