The one left behind

by Roberts, Willo Davis.

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
Available (8)
Location Collection Call #
Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Fiction juv ROBERTS Willo
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  juv ROBERTS Willo
CLP - East Liberty Children's Fiction Collection j Fic Roberts,
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Children's Fiction Collection
Call Number  j Fic Roberts,
Carnegie Library of McKeesport - Duquesne Children Fiction J ROB
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport - Duquesne
Collection  Children Fiction
Call Number  J ROB
Crafton Public Library Middle Grades Section MG F ROBERTS 2006 CRAFTON 06/06
Location  Crafton Public Library
Collection  Middle Grades Section
Call Number  MG F ROBERTS 2006 CRAFTON 06/06
Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Fiction Roberts
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  Roberts
Northland Public Library Children's Fiction J FIC ROBERTS
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
Call Number  J FIC ROBERTS
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Fiction J F ROB
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J F ROB
Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Fiction j ROB
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  j ROB
Mandy awoke in darkness. For a moment she didn't remember that Angel was gone, that she would not be coming back, and then the pain hit her like a physical blow.For the first time in her eleven years, Mandy is alone. Through a series of miscommunications, her entire family has left her by herself in their big house on Lake Michigan. But it's the absence of her twin sister, Angel, that she feels the most. One year ago Angel died, and Mandy's life has been at a standstill ever since. While the rest of her family has moved on, Mandy still clings to the pain of her loss.At first, Mandy is almost relieved to have the time to herself. But quickly the loneliness consumes her -- until she stumbles upon two boys, one her age, the other not yet two, who are also on their own. Running away from men who wish to do them harm, the boys turn to Mandy for help. But what can she do for these boys when she can barely take care of herself? If only Angel were here, she would know what to do.But Angel isn't here, and Mandy can't let the men hurt these boys. So she takes them in, and in turn, makes a remarkable discovery about herself, her sister, and the very special bond they shared.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 4-7. When her parents go out of town, a miscommunication leaves Mandy home alone for an entire weekend. Not that she cares much anyway. Since losing her vivacious twin sister, Angel, nearly a year ago, the 11-year-old drifts through the days, aching for her dead sister's company. But when someone breaks into the house and steals food, Mandy snaps into action and investigates what might be going on, drawing courage from how she thinks Angel would have acted. Soon she discovers teenage Zander and his toddler brother, squatting in an abandoned cottage up the road. The older boy claims to be fleeing two would-be kidnappers who plan to hold the little one for ransom; it's up to Mandy to determine the truth behind his claims. The suspense mounts to a desperate climax before all is resolved safely. An introspective page-turner by the late Roberts, a three-time Edgar Award winner. --Anne O'Malley Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The late Roberts's final book does not seem up to her previous high standards, yet it is a pageturner nonetheless. Eleven-year-old Mandy, part of a large and busy family, is invited by her various older siblings to come along with each of them and their friends for Labor Day weekend (her parents are away celebrating their anniversary). But not having committed to any of them, she finds that everyone has dispersed and inadvertently left without her. For Mandy, this is an opportunity to make herself take some risks on her own, the kind that Angel, her twin sister who died the year before, was always the first to take. The first third of the book progresses rather slowly, absent of the author's usual dialogue, but when Mandy finds two young runaways in the woods, the pace picks up. Mandy must decide whom she can trust, and how best to keep them all safe from would-be kidnappers and possible killers. Roberts successfully portrays Mandy's grief for her lost twin and her alarm as a suspicion takes hold that someone else has been in the house. Even though the denouement may feel anticlimactic and somewhat contrived, the heroine's wavering about what to do with the two boys is genuine, and in the end, she is able to act decisively when necessary. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects Twins -- Fiction.
Sisters -- Fiction.
Death -- Fiction.
Grief -- Fiction.
Babies -- Fiction.
Kidnapping -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Atheneum Books for Young Readers,2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 139 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0689850751
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