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THE NIGHT I DISAPPEARED
New York : Simon Pulse, 2002.
Have you ever felt like no
one understands you and that you just don't fit in? Do you hate your
school and almost all of the people in it? Do you love your mother
even if you know she really doesn't understand you? If so, you can
relate to Jamie Thessman. Jamie has just managed to fail her junior
year, mainly because she cut so many classes to be with her friend Webb.
She and Webb have been friends since Jamie was nine years old. He
is the only person who understands her. Her mother is taking her
to Chicago for the summer because she has agreed to be the lead attorney
in a high profile murder trial there. Webb is going to backpack in
Europe for the summer. Jamie cannot believe she isn't going to have
Webb around for the whole summer. The only bright spot she can see
is that her mother will be so busy with the trial that she will not have
time to bug her. As the summer develops, Jamieís mind begins to play
tricks on her. Her world begins to splinter into daydreams and what
is real. Her daydreams cause her to have a bike wreck that lands
her in the emergency room Even though Jamie is quite a good cook; her daydreams
cause her to burn a beautiful meal. She begins to wonder if she is
crazy. She does make a friend in Chicago; Morgan Hackett shows Jamie
what friendship is all about. She and her psychiatrist aunt help
Jamie understand that she is not crazy at all. She has just been
carrying around a burden that is just too heavy to bear alone. Read
The Night I Disappeared and see what made Jamie act as she did.
by: Tookie Harrop for South
Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees 2005
Spending the summer in Chicago
is not Jamieís idea of fun. She had to leave California just so her
mother could be the lead attorney in a high profile murder trial.
To top it all off, her best friend Webb is backpacking in Europe for the
entire summer! Can it get any worse? Well, yes. Her frequent
daydreams cause her to lose perspective on numerous occasions. Jamie
canít seem to tell the difference between reality and fantasy. Things
really get out of hand when she blacks out while bike riding and ends up
in the emergency room. Thankfully she meets Morgan who quickly becomes
a good friend. With her help, Jamie is able to sort things out and
find the deeper meaning behind her black outs. (Joanne Suzara, email@example.com,
Goose Creek High)
Recovered memory -- Fiction.
Kidnapping victims -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Fiction.
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