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Sloan, Holly Goldberg.
Boston : Little, Brown 2011
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I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan, who is a film writer and director, is a riveting combination of the romance and survival genres.  Emily Bell believes in destiny. When she is forced to sing "I'll Be There" as a church solo, despite her mediocre voice, she decides its fate because during her humiliation she locks eyes with Sam Border who is sitting in the back of the church. At first sight, they are connected. Sam and his little brother, Riddle have spent their entire lives being constantly uprooted by their mentally unstable father. Sam takes solace in attending random churches,where for a few moments he can escape his life. When he falls for Emily and she introduces him to her family, everything changes. As Sam and Riddle are welcomed into the Bells' lives, they witness the warmth and protection of a family for the first time. Then tragedy strikes, and they are once again on the run with their evil father.  When they escape from him, they're left fighting for survival in the desolate wilderness, and wondering if they'll ever get back to the family they have learned to love.

(Sharon Nehls, Colorado Blue Spruce Award nominee, 2014)

SUBJECTS:      Brothers -- Fiction.
                        Family problems -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
                        Selective mutism -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Fiction.
                        Mental illness -- Fiction.

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