Missing

Missing

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"Thea and her dad are always on the move, from one small Cariboo town to another, trying to leave the past behind. They never stay long enough in one place for Thea to make friends, but when her dad gets work renovating a guest ranch on Gumboot Lake, she dares to hope that their wandering days are over. At the ranch she makes friends with Van, a local boy, and works hard to build the trust of an abused horse. When Thea unearths a decades-old mystery, she finally starts to come to terms with the losses in her own life"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: Victoria, BC : Orca Book Publishers, c2011.
ISBN: 9781554693450
1554693454
Branch Call Number: J MYSTERY Citra Becky 06/2011
Characteristics: 179 p. ;,19 cm.

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SPL_Childrens Jun 24, 2016

Please see the "Summary" section for a review of this book.

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bigcoweye
Jan 12, 2015

This was a very enjoyable book. I couldn't put it down. I would say that it is one of my favourites!

hunger_games_rox Jun 08, 2013

I voted for this book! I loved it!!!! I couldn't put it down! this book sadly came in 2nd place! but it should have won! its a must read!! :)

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NorthleaJO
Apr 25, 2013

“Missing” taught me that life can be hard at times but there’s always some way to figure it out. Thea can never find a permanent place to live with her dad. She can’t seem to make friends because she isn’t there long enough. In this book Thea finds a mystery and unravels it with her new friend Van. The story is a very hard way to live and I think that it’s very sad. But life is life there’s nothing we can do about it.

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NorthleaDBB
Apr 24, 2013

I thought that this book was amazing because it wasn't to long and it also had a mystery in it without completely devoting the whole book to finding Livia it also focused on other things. I would have liked it more if Van was in the last scene with Chloe and Thea. For most of the book I thought that Marrion was Livia and she had somehow survived but she turned out to be Iris and I loved the twist ending!

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booma10
Apr 22, 2013

It is so cool because I like horses and I LOVE mysteries so it was a mix of both so in my opinion:AWESOME!!!!!

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doglover2258
Apr 22, 2013

Missing is such a good book!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I found out how Livia was missing but it was really sad that Eris died. But I still liked the book very much it was like that Becky Citra was Thea because she lives on a ranch in Bridge Lake and she trained horses for 30 years

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northleaJL
Apr 19, 2013

This was a very interesting and exiting book! I felt bad for Thea, because she never had a stable home and she kept having to move around and she never really had friends, but when i finished the book i felt happy for her, that everything finally started to work out! I also loved how you also had to try to figure out how Livia died! A lot of the events in the book were unexpected so it always made you want to keep reading! Also I liked how it included a little bit of closure on how Thea's mom died,and how she always loved Thea, and left her Dad not her! Overall it was very good, and very exiting!

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NorthleaKR
Apr 12, 2013

This is an amazing story, but I find it sad that her mom died and she knows nothing about her. I also find the death of Livia gruesome. I love how she did not give up on Renegadeand the mystery behind the whole thing is awesome.

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Kathrine1234
Apr 08, 2013

I have not started this book yet but looking at the comments it looks like a sad but yet adventurous story

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SPL_Childrens Jun 24, 2016

Too many things are missing from Thea’s life right now. She and her father miss her mother, who died four long years ago. Thea misses having a real home – she and her dad are always moving now, from one British Columbia town to another, “trying to leave the past behind.” They never remain in a community long enough for Thea to establish friendships and a sense of home. Thea feels the loss of the close companionship she used to have with her dad before the tragedy, and she misses riding the horses which used to be so much a part of the family’s life before her mom was killed by a horse.
Now her dad has another temporary job – this time, at a new resort ranch on Gumboot Lake. From their arrival, Thea loves the ranch. She hopes that they might stay there, working with Renegade, an injured horse for which Thea is helping to care. She starts to make friends, like Van, a local boy, and Chloe. She even starts to feel that she is fitting in at school. Then Thea discovers that a mysterious tragedy happened long ago on the ranch, under former owners. She is intrigued – as is Van, whose grandfather was implicated. They begin to work together to clear his name and solve the mystery, and before long, Thea realizes that she has put down roots on the ranch. She cares very much about its future, about Renegade, about Van and his family, and about finding the answers to the mystery.
Can Thea somehow convince her dad that it’s time to settle down, at Gumboot Lake, instead of moving on once again?
This quiet, compelling story, involving a very likeable heroine, was written by Canadian author Becky Citra.
** Recommended for ages 10 to 13 years.

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