I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
On the library shelves: YA Fiction
AR Reading Level: 5.6
Recommended for: Grades 9+
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sam and Riddle Border have a seriously deadbeat father who moves them from place to place to stay ahead of the law. They don't attend school and are never allowed to make contact with anyone in the places they live. But when Sam sees Emily singing in the church choir, he feels something. Emily does too and she's certain she is going to find out who this mysterious stranger is.
Interestingly, the author is a screenwriter and I could definitely feel
that influence in her writing. The book has a lot going on and I found
it very easy to visualize the characters and the settings. Some things
were a little far-fetched for me, but I could put it aside for the sake
of the journey.
I really thought my heart might break the whole time I was reading this. What ensues in the relationships between the characters as the events unfold in this novel really stretched me emotionally. The book made me feel...anger, hope, and the power of the redemption. That's a good thing, but hang on for the ride!
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