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GONE by Lisa McMann

GONE

By Lisa McMann

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Feb. 9th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4169-7918-0
Publisher: Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster

McMann continues her conversational-style narration, but her usual quick pacing turns slower as she wraps up the trilogy that began with Wake (2008) and Fade (2009). Instead of solving crimes using her dream-catching abilities, Janie is spending the summer before college trying to resolve her own dilemma. She learns that the father she never knew has been living in an isolated house not far from her and now lies in a hospital bed. By entering his unconscious, she also learns that he is a dream catcher too, while a search through his home reveals that he has avoided the debilitating blindness and gnarled hands of Janie’s dream-catching mentor, Miss Stubin, but has sacrificed love in the process. He begs her to consider Morton’s Fork—a choice between two equally unpleasant alternatives—before shutting herself off from her boyfriend, Cabel, and the rest of the world. Fans will gain a real appreciation of Janie’s quandary and rally behind the control she musters in her seemingly helpless situation. A fitting completion to this popular series. (Paranormal. YA)