How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found by Sara Nickerson has more twists and turns than a haunted maze, but is almost as much fun. Two fatherless girls, 12-year-old Margaret and her younger sister Sophie, one out-of-it mom, and a haunted-looking mansion open the story. Margaret, a 7th grader with more imagination and daring than friends, is living a beyond-boring life since her father died. A second story, that of a boy named Boyd whose obsession with Rat adventure comics makes him the joke of his school, meet when Margaret at the urging of a new friend, dares to leave home and travel to unfamiliar places to discover what’s really going on with the mansion her mother suddenly owns. Boyd and Margaret have similar enemies: school bullies, and both grow stronger through their chance meeting. While a couple of details remain unresolved–is the Rat a man? Is the man a Rat?–this is a great book that combines mystery and genuine human emotion as Margaret, her mother, and sister come face-to-face with the truth about her father. The Rat’s hand-drawn comics, starring Margaret, Boyd, and a mysterious swimmer, are included and tell part of the story. Find it in Mystery.
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