Picture Me Gone
By Meg Rosoff Doubleday Canada, 256 pages, $19 AMERICAN-born author Meg Rosoff has an ability to find and describe unusual traits in her young characters that make them distinctive and memorable. Mila, in Picture Me Gone, is such a character. She notices things: the flicker of an eye, the slump of a shoulder, the hesitation of a voice, that reveal to her insecurity, infidelity or despair. When Mila accompanies her father from London to upstate New York to search for his best friend who has gone missing, leaving behind his wife, his baby son and his beloved dog, she uses all her natural abilities to solve the problem. While this isn’t your usual mystery, it has clues and resolutions that engage the reader. There’s even a hint of romance, as Meg meets an attractive young man who is part of the enigma. Beautifully written, this novel is highly recommended for teens.