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Do You Know The Monkey Man?

by Dori Hillestad Butler

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Sam was 3 years old when her twin sister drowned in a pond. Later on in life, she finds out that she has a twin sister that is alive. She takes a journey by herself to find her father and twin sister. ( )
  lindy_brooke | Mar 10, 2016 |
Thirteen year old Sam Wright wants answers and she is going to do anything to find them. She lost her twin sister Sarah when she was three years old in a horrible canoeing accident, and her father mysteriously disappeared shortly thereafter. Sam’s mother is now getting remarried and she must deal with idea of having a new Stepfather. In addition, Sam has been having strange dreams about her dead twin and an eerie feeling that she is somehow still alive. “Do You Know the Monkey Man” takes readers on Sam’s physical and emotional journey of finding her biological father and discovering the truth about her family’s past.

I needed an additional cup of coffee this morning because after getting halfway through the book last night, I quickly realized I would not be able to put it down until I was finished. It was fast paced and suspenseful and my interest forced me to each following chapter. The author, Dori Hillstead Butler, does a wonderful job of relaying the complex emotions of an early teen who is trying to find her place in a broken family.
Teens and adults alike can learn a valuable lesson from this book. We live in a world where we are constantly in search of the unknown, the better, the “greener grass” of life. While at times we do find what we are looking for, sometimes along the way we learn to appreciate the life we have and the people who are in it. The message of the story is a beautiful one: there is no single definition of family. Family is a feeling, an emotion. It is comfort, dependability and trust. Family is love. ( )
  ScholarlyOwl | Jun 17, 2011 |
My favorite book!
This girl wants to find her sister, who everyone claims is dead. But she doesn't believe them, because her body was never found. So she goes on a search for her dad and her sister. ( )
  nateray | Nov 10, 2010 |
Butler, Dori Hillestad, Do You Know the Monkey Man?, 13 Yr old Samantha wonders where her father is and why they never found the body of her drowned twin sister. Her mother is about to marry, and Sam hires an Internet detective to track down her Dad. ( )
  caro488 | Jun 10, 2010 |
A book about a girl who thinks her sister has died.
Greatt book! loved it. a mistery type. ( )
  x_shakeit_x22 | Sep 24, 2009 |
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13-year-old Samantha Wright hasn't seen her dad since she was 3 because of a bitter divorce but lately she's been wanting to contact him and see what kind of man he is. But her mom doesn't ever want to talk about the subject because the reason they got divorced was that Sam's twin sister Sarah drowned in a boating accident with her father. Her mother never forgave her husband and cut off any relations with him. But Sam is so desperate that she and her best friend, Angela, resort to paying a psychic to see if she can figure out where her father is. The answer that the fortune teller gives comes as quite a shock. She can't see where her father is, but she does tell Sam her sister is still alive! Sam must now use her own ingenuity to figure out where her dad is and whether Sarah is still alive!
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While searching for the father who left her and her mother ten years ago, thirteen-year-old Samantha begins to believe that the twin sister who supposedly died when they were three years old is still alive.

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