I’ve debated whether or not to recommend this book.
On the one hand, it’s engaging and high interest and kids will be intrigued by it. On the other hand, it’s pretty creepy and as a parent of girls, it gave me some nightmares also.
The Missing Girl by Norma Fox Mazer is about five sisters and the man that follows them. Alternating between the man’s point of view and the very different sisters, the book follows them through their days as they fight, making friends, and play. But little do the girls know that someone is watching them. Watching them and deciding which one he wants.
Eventually the man takes one of the girls. He rationalizes it because she made it too easy and he couldn’t help himself.
It’s sick and twisted and scary to read this book. From a teacher standpoint, this book has some great point of view examples and Fox Mazer writes the illusive second person very well. The book will suck reluctant readers in and they’ll be hooked. But from a parent standpoint, this book is almost too messed up for me.
The Missing Girl by Norma Fox Mazer makes you think. It makes your heart hurt. And it makes you wonder. Read it with caution.