Saturday, December 18, 2010
Bull's Eye by Sarah Harvey
See what I mean! And, the package in question has nothing to do with real bombs, at least not of the 9/11 sort. The explosion that rocks Emily's world is an emotional one; and once it goes off, it sends both her and her mother reeling. The package contains the truth about Emily's real mother, now dead of a drug overdose. Everything the "un-mom" has told Emily is a lie. Emily has to get away. She has to find out who her father is. It doesn't take long to track him down, but she's too late by a year having been killed by a drunk driver. Emily returns home but finds herself lashing out but she gets caught before things escalate too far. She's fortunate enough to be sentenced under the restorative justice model; counseling once a week and community service twice a week at an after school daycare. This is where she meets a 7-year-old April who helps her discover that family isn't all about biology.
Bulls Eye is a quick read, but like most of the other books from The Sounding Series, it's well worth the 100 or so pages and hour or two of your time.