THE ONE LEFT BEHIND by Willo Davis Roberts


Age Range: 8 - 12
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Eleven-year-old Mandy has been left behind in an empty house; each member of the family thinks she’s with another. But this kind of aloneness is nothing compared to the abandonment she feels at the loss of her sister Angel, who died a year ago. She has always believed that Angel was smarter and prettier, even though they were identical twins. During this eventful weekend, Mandy meets Zander and his little brother who are hiding from would-be kidnappers. As the adventure unfolds, she questions her ability to cope and wonders what her sister would do. As she gains confidence, she realizes that her memories of Angel will always be there to guide and reassure her. If Roberts’s plot is a bit convoluted and contrived, she has created a sweet, sensitive child dealing with issues of grief and loss in her own way. Published posthumously. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-689-85075-1
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2006


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