What do you hope for when there is no hope? In search of this answer, award-winning Australian author Sue Whiting delivers a confronting mystery for younger readers.
Mackenzie da Luca’s mother is missing – she’s vanished without a trace in the jungles of Panama. Now, 116 days later Mackenzie and her dad are in those same jungles. Her dad is desperate to find out what’s happened to his wife. And Mackenzie is desperate to make sure he doesn’t ...
About the Author
- This middle-grade novel by award-winning author Sue Whiting is expertly structured, switching between the then and the now. Fans of contemporary narratives will be hooked from the first page.
- Independent bookshops and schools will love this title – there are many themes that can be pulled out of the narrative and discussed, such as acceptance, truth, grief and family.
Sue Whiting lives and works in a sleepy coastal village near Sydney, where she spends her days dreaming up adventures for her characters and trying to write them down. Sue has written numerous books in a variety of genres: fiction and nonfiction, picture books through to YA, including the bestselling The Firefighters
, and the award-winning A Swim in the Sea
Her picture book Platypus, illustrated by Mark Jackson, was a CBCA 2016 Notable Book. A former primary school teacher with a special interest in literacy education and children’s literature, Sue is a highly experienced speaker who loves sharing her passion for story and storytelling, reading and writing with people of all ages. She also works as a freelance editor, writing coach and mentor.
If you are 10-plus and like mysteries and tear-jerkers * Herald Sun *
Gritty, engaging and always exciting * The Sunday Telegraph *
Taut and touching ... A genuinely suspenseful page-turner that's also full of heart. -- Meg McKinlay
Missing is perfect for young fans of contemporary mysteries * Books+Publishing *
Endorsement from Morris Gleitzman * Mick Elliot - Twitter *
Feature/Interview: Sue Whiting has written her 65th book, Missing, a poignant missing person's case aimed at tweens and up * Illawarra Mercury *
Superbly crafted in now and then time, this powerful novel reflects on how lives shatter and hearts break with sorrow from lack of knowing. * Kids' Book Review *
This is an engrossing read about one girl's search for her mother. -- Fran Knight * Read Plus *
This is compelling and emotionally charged, and will be appreciated by readers wanting something that is not formulaic, with some mystery -- Carolyn Hull * Read Plus *
Tense, well constructed, poignant. -- Trisha * goodreads *
Well structured and written * Bob's Books *
This book is beautifully written and describes emotions flawlessly. * Jazzy's Bookshelf *
Affecting, poignant and, terribly engrossing * Boomerang Books *
This book was the best book I have read in ages and I truly loved this book * Yarr-A.com *
This book is a welcome addition to libraries and readers in the 10+ age group. * Magpies Magazine *