Prize-winning author Marcus Sedgwick explores obsession, trust and coincidence in this page-turning thriller about 16-year-old Laureth Peak's mission to find her missing father. A mission made all the more difficult by one fact: Laureth Peak is blind.
Laureth's father is a writer. For years he's been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. His wife thinks he's obsessed. Laureth thinks he's on the verge of a breakdown. He's supposed to be doing research in Austria, so when his notebook shows up in New York, Laureth knows something is wrong.
On impulse, she steals her mother's credit card and heads for the States, taking her strange little brother Benjamin with her. Reunited with the notebook, they begin to follow clues inside, trying to find their wayward father. But the challenges and threats that lie ahead are even tougher for Laureth than they would be for any other teenager - because Laureth has no vision to guide her.
Also available as an audio book, read from braille by Anna Cannings.
Printz-winner Sedgwick (Midwinterblood) again demonstrates his remarkable versatility, trading the generations-spanning horrors of his recent books for an equally tense contemporary story about coincidence, obsession, and the ways in which we see the world. When 16-year-old Laureth Peak learns that a notebook belonging to her father, a well-known author, has surfaced in New York City, she's sure something is wrong. Using one of her mother's credit cards, she buys plane tickets for herself and her younger brother, Benjamin, and flies from London to J.F.K., embarking on a search that takes them across three boroughs. Why would Laureth involve seven-year-old Benjamin in such a risky, impulsive trip? Because she needs him: she's blind. As the mystery builds, Sedgwick includes increasingly frenzied excerpts from Laureth's father's notebook to introduce concepts like apophenia, numinousness, and synchronicity, which are rattling around his brain. Through questions of what if anything coincidences mean and a careful and acute account of Laureth's experience of the world (including the brave, hardened exterior she maintains to keep from becoming invisible in others' eyes), Sedgwick challenges readers to rethink how they look at life itself. Ages 12 up.
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Sounds so like it's told by an actual person, very gripping and realistic. Highly recommended!!!