A Write Teacher Review: Dead to You, by Lisa McMann

Hello Friends!

I first stumbled upon Lisa McMann when I read WAKE, and have been a fan ever since.  I recently picked up a copy of Dead to You, and I was just blown away.

It. Was. AWESOME. 

For those of you that remember The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney, well, McMann just takes the whole missing child story to a whole new level, and it’s simply fantastic.  At the heart of the story is Ethan, a boy who was taken from his front yard when he was just seven years old.  Fast forward nine years later and the prodigal son miraculously returns, and his family, his friends, the entire town is just overjoyed.  Everyone that is, except for Blake, Ethan’s younger brother.  Putting Ethan and Blake in the same room is like oil and water, and the tension between the brothers causes even more tension in the family dynamic.  Ethan can’t seem to remember anything about the abduction or his life in captivity, which only fuels Blake’s fire. Will the family be able to get beyond the shock of Ethan’s return as an entire family unit? Will the tensions eventually cause a split? Will Ethan eventually be able to answer the questions about his abduction that his friends and family so desperately want to know? Will he ever remember what really happened?

Just when you think you have this book figured out, McMann takes twists you will never expect.

Reluctant readers will DEFINITELY love this.

Go get your copy now.

I promise you will not be disappointed.


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