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From the Rules for Disappearing series, volume 1

by Ashley Elston

Age Range: 12 - 18

Pub Date: May 14th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4231-6897-3
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Who’s never wondered what it would be like to enter witness protection and assume a new identity?

Meg Jones, her younger sister Mary and their parents have run through six witness protection placements. Each time, something goes awry, and they are swept right out of their old lives and right into new ones, with new names, new looks, new challenges—and the same old feeling that something just isn’t quite right. The latest stop is Natchitoches, La., a warm, colorful place with quite a few perks, including a job at a local pizza joint and a handsome boy named Ethan. Smitten, Meg decides to do whatever it takes to stay put, and that means finding out what her father witnessed, or perhaps what crime he committed, to warrant the family’s entry into the strange world of witness protection. Once she’s on the trail of the truth, Meg feels compelled to make things right for her beleaguered family, even if it means placing herself and her devoted new beau in grave danger. The fresh first-person narration serves the story well, providing grounding in reality as events spin out of control.

Though the plot may seem a bit far-fetched at times, the realistic setting, believable romance and spunky protagonist will make this one worth the trip for mystery and romance fans. (Suspense. 12 & up)