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Deaver, Julie Reece.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2002.
ISBN 0743439791

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Have you ever felt like no one understands you and that you just don't fit in?  Do you hate your school and almost all of the people in it?  Do you love your mother even if you know she really doesn't understand you?  If so, you can relate to Jamie Thessman.  Jamie has just managed to fail her junior year, mainly because she cut so many classes to be with her friend Webb.  She and Webb have been friends since Jamie was nine years old.  He is the only person who understands her.  Her mother is taking her to Chicago for the summer because she has agreed to be the lead attorney in a high profile murder trial there.  Webb is going to backpack in Europe for the summer.  Jamie cannot believe she isn't going to have Webb around for the whole summer.  The only bright spot she can see is that her mother will be so busy with the trial that she will not have time to bug her.  As the summer develops, Jamieís mind begins to play tricks on her.  Her world begins to splinter into daydreams and what is real.  Her daydreams cause her to have a bike wreck that lands her in the emergency room Even though Jamie is quite a good cook; her daydreams cause her to burn a beautiful meal.  She begins to wonder if she is crazy.  She does make a friend in Chicago; Morgan Hackett shows Jamie what friendship is all about.  She and her psychiatrist aunt help Jamie understand that she is not crazy at all.  She has just been carrying around a burden that is just too heavy to bear alone.  Read The Night I Disappeared and see what made Jamie act as she did.

Prepared by: Tookie Harrop for South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees 2005

Booktalk #2

Spending the summer in Chicago is not Jamieís idea of fun.  She had to leave California just so her mother could be the lead attorney in a high profile murder trial.  To top it all off, her best friend Webb is backpacking in Europe for the entire summer!  Can it get any worse?  Well, yes.  Her frequent daydreams cause her to lose perspective on numerous occasions.  Jamie canít seem to tell the difference between reality and fantasy.  Things really get out of hand when she blacks out while bike riding and ends up in the emergency room.  Thankfully she meets Morgan who quickly becomes a good friend.  With her help, Jamie is able to sort things out and find the deeper meaning behind her black outs. (Joanne Suzara,, Goose Creek High)

SUBJECTS:     Recovered memory -- Fiction.
                        Kidnapping victims -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Chicago (Ill.) -- Fiction.


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