• 224 Pages
  • 5.25" x 7.625"
  • 9780807575321
  • January 1993

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  • Mystery lovers will delight in this suspenseful, realistic detective story. Thirteen-year-old David suspects that, perhaps, his baby sister has not drowned at the family summer home, but has been kidnapped instead. While his parents don’t believe him, his best friend gives him the support he needs to follow the clues and solve the mystery…The story really works; readers won’t be able to put it down.

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  • Fans of the Hardy Boys are sure to find Patneaude’s first novel even better…While there is some evidence that Molly is dead and that the clues Chris gleans from a video are only wishful thinking, Patneaude quickly has readers as hopeful as Chris that she is alive. Middle schoolers will love it…touches on personal tragedy, fear, counseling, hope, and spirit in a contemporary buddy/action story.

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Awards & Accolades

  • 1995-1996 South Dakota Prairie Pasque Award
  • 1997-1998 Utah Children's Book Award
  • 1995-1996 Texas Lone Star Reading List
  • 1997-1998 Young Hoosier Book Award Master List (Indiana)
  • 1995-1996 Nebraska Golden Sower Young Adult Award Runner-Up
  • 1996 Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Master List (Florida)
  • Runner-up for Rebecca Caudill Award (Illinois)
  • Best of the Texas Lone Star Reading Lists

Common Core

RL.5.1,2,3,4,5,6,9,10 RL.6.1,2,3,4,5,6 RL.7.1,2,3,4,6


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 6.00
  • ATOS Level: 4.50