THE MISSING SEASON by Gillian French


Age Range: 14 - 18
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In small-town Maine, new girl Clara is pulled into the orbit of the mythical monster rumored to be responsible for disappearing teens.

Clara Morrison moves to Pender when her father takes on work demolishing the town mill. She’s used to the nomadic life, but she longs to belong somewhere. Enter Bree, the steely girl from across the street, and her best friend, Sage. The girls welcome Clara, inviting her to the skate park where they moon over boys. Bree admits a crush on Kincaid, a striking and enigmatic skater, but Kincaid keeps to himself unless he’s spinning tales about the Mumbler, the monstrous man who supposedly lives in the marsh, killing a teenager every few years. As Clara ingratiates herself into the group, it feels like she’s playing with fire: assisting in an escalating prank war and growing closer to Kincaid, which she knows will destroy Bree. And then Halloween looms close, and suddenly a girl disappears—could this be the work of the Mumbler? Clara doesn’t buy into the town legend, but she can’t deny that something’s ramping up. Every locale jumps from the page, imbued with magic and foreboding. Clara’s new relationships ring painfully true, both sharp and beautiful. Readers will burn through pages and be left haunted long after, although the resolution to the central mystery is something of a letdown. All characters are assumed white.

A lyrically written, highly eerie slow-burn of a mystery. (Mystery. 14-18)

Pub Date: May 21st, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-06-280333-7
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2019


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