Pic­ture Me Gone

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

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.

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