By Susan Beth Pfeffer
“Willa’s frankly portrayed grief, confusion, and uncertainties may have a powerful impression on readers.” –Publishers Weekly, starred evaluation Sixteen-year-old Willa is lucky to have a contented combined relations. yet a frantic cell name from Pryor, Texas, shatters the calm. Willa’s start father has murdered his moment spouse and daughters . . . and the police imagine he’s on his manner east to seek down Willa and her mom. As this worrying tragedy unavoidably exposes kin secrets and techniques to Willa and her neighborhood, she struggles along with her personal damaging mystery
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That was what I was thinking about when I picked up the phone to see if there were any messages. Whether I should dust and vacuum before I did my homework or after. There were four messages, all in the past two hours. That was a lot, but not unheard of. We knew that if there were any last-minute changes in our schedules we were to call home and leave a message. Then whoever got in first could call Mom or Jack and let them know what was going on. Jack called the voice mail our bulletin board, and it was a pretty good system.
That way they could continue to go to Fairhaven Academy, and Alyssa could keep her tennis coach and Brooke her violin teacher and riding academy. Mom would quit her job so that she'd be available to take Brooke and Alyssa where they needed to go (Val's housekeeper used to do that). Jack's commute would be a little longer, and I'd transfer to the middle school in Westbridge. It was easier for us to move than for Brooke's and Alyssa's lives to be disrupted. I'd grown up with Brooke and Alyssa, and they were as close as sisters to me, but that didn't keep me from crying that night.
You have money saved up from your job last summer. " There were so many reasons why Alyssa's plan wouldn't work that I couldn't figure out where to begin. Asking Val's parents for an expensive present. Spending money I'd saved for college on a trip to Europe. But what held me back from even fantasizing was my doubt that Lauren wanted to see me. When she first got to Spain, we e-mailed all the time. But I hadn't heard from her in more than a month, and that was after I'd e-mailed her three times, telling her what was going on in school.