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By author: Vicki Grant
Selling Points: "Family relationships, crime, expectations"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2010
Lexile Level: HL550L
Fry Reading Level: 3.2
Pages: 136
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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Dad always said, "Crisis is just another word for opportunity."

Ria is rich, slim, pretty, popular. If you only knew her at school, you'd think she led a charmed life—and until recently you'd have been right. But her situation has taken a sudden, unfortunate change. Her parents' seemingly perfect marriage has broken up, and before she's had a chance to absorb the blow, her beloved father disappears in a plane crash. What's worse, rumors begin to surface that he may have perpetrated a multimillion-dollar investment scam and everybody—Ria's mother, her best friends, even her boyfriend—believes them. Ria sees no choice but to take her little brother and run. She vows to keep the memory of her father alive. Soon, though, she begins to wonder: is her memory playing tricks on her—or is he?
The Review Chronicles blog - June 6, 2011
"This Orca book carried so much depth...Ria felt like a real person, and I truly loved that. This book is something that I really recommend readers pick up if they want a story of intrigue, thriller, romance, mystery, etc. "
TriState YA Book Review - September 1, 2010
"Realistic dialogue and excellent character development accompany a fast-paced plot. Great for a hi/lo reader…Strongly recommended." - May 15, 2010
"Grant takes readers on a frightening ride in Comeback. She captures the disappointment and frustration Ria feels when the life she's always known takes a dramatic turn. This fast-paced read is perfect for reluctant readers."
Booklist - April 15, 2010
"Grant's novel folds drama and suspense into a story that carries echoes of our country's current financial woes…Its premise will quickly grab readers, who will empathize with Ria's disillusionment and split-second, bad decision making."
School Library Journal - April 1, 2010
"Reluctant and struggling readers will be satisfied by the compelling story."
CM Magazine - February 26, 2010
"Grant expertly captures teenage nuances of speech and behaviour…The less-than-happy ending is a refreshing and realistic change from the many young adult books with idealistic finales…A fast-paced and entertaining read that teachers, librarians, and parents should consider sharing with their reluctant readers. Recommended."


TriState YA Review Group Book of Note, commended  US  2011
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2011


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Ideal for Lit Circles
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