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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 136
Themes: Family relationships, crime, expectations
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2010
Lexile Level: HL550L
Fry Reading Level: 3.2
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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?

Also available in Spanish or French.

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."
TeensReadToo.com - 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."

Awards

TriState YA Review Group Book of Note  | 2011 | Commended
CCBC Best Books  | 2011 | Commended

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Contemporary stories

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Linear plots

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