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Found Things by Marilyn Hilton

Found Things

by Marilyn Hilton

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The story follows young River Rose Byrne in the wake of a tragedy - her brother Theron, accused of drunk driving, has disappeared after driving his car into the river with a classmate inside. After the accident, River Rose's life is turned upside down. She now speaks with a strange accent, her mother and father are subdued and sad, and her classmates all hate her because of what her brother is accused of doing. In addition, River Rose is struggling to learn about her birth mother and why she has suddenly begun dreaming in detail about a house she feels is utterly familiar.

Then into her life enters Meadow Lark, or as her classmates call her, Frankenfemme. Meadow Lark is mysterious in every way - she is disfigured, covered in scars, with one good eye and one good leg, and brings with her from Arizona a whole new mystery. When she comes to live with River Rose, the girls are determined to solve the mysteries in River Rose's life - and to grant the wishes of the people they love.

The story is a short read for an adult, partly because it's a short book, and partly because it's a compelling read. Meadow Lark remains a mystery until the end. Filled with unreliable narrators and mystery, the big plot twist will become obvious to adult readers fairly early - but it doesn't make it any less enjoyable to read as it unfolds. Some will pick up on the undertones of religion, magic, and psychological issues that have an effect on both girls which add another layer to the story. ( )
  LaurenAileen | Nov 10, 2014 |
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Eleven-year-old River Rose, bullied at school and missing her older brother, Theron, makes friends with a strange new classmate, Meadow Lark, and the two search for a miracle by floating wishes down the river.

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