January 12, 2014

If You Find Me

If You Find Me
Emily Murdoch
publisher:  St. Martin's Press
source:  publisher

summary from Goodreads:  A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. 

Don't you sometimes wish you could kick yourself for not doing something sooner?  I had a copy of an advance reader's copy of If You Find Me for a year before picking it up to read.   Once I started, I was absorbed!

Carey and Jenessa live an isolated life in Obed Wild and Scenic River National Park in Wartburg, Tennessee, which is less than 70 miles from where I am.   Carey raises her sister from infancy because their mother's addictions.   After they are rescued, they discover life in civilization,  life with new coats,  full meals, and kind people.    We enjoy reading how Carey copes with the teenage social life.   Jenessa has selective mutism;  Carey is so afraid she will be kicked out after others discover the reason for the mutism.

If You Find Me is Murdoch's debut novel.  It has been nominated for the 2014 Carnegie Medal.  I have my fingers crossed that the book will win.